Farm to Child Care in Wake County
Rosalind Blair of Beginnings & Beyond (left) and Melissa Harrison of Holly Springs Academy attended training about Marketing Farm to Child Care and Engaging Families. In addition to strategies and tools, they received materials that can help tell the Farm to Child Care story in their facilities.
As more varieties of seasonal produce are being harvested, Farm to Child Care (F2CC) in Wake County is kicking off. With grant funding provided by John Rex Endowment, Wake County SmartStart is leading the effort with Wake County Cooperative Extension and AHA partnering to help connect child care facilities with North Carolina farmers and businesses supplying NC produce so that child care facilities can serve more healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables for snacks and meals.
A series of training programs and technical assistance for child care staff is underway, ranging from procurement options to seasonal meal planning, and from marketing and engaging families to integrating Farm to Child Care into daily activities.
Last week AHA led the training on how child care directors can market Farm to Child Care and distinguish their facilities as a local food provider and the many ways they can engage families to continue the learning process and encourage families to eat more fresh, local produce at home.