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Farm to CACFP


Collaborations between farmers and child care facilities are rapidly developing across the country in order to assist young children with establishing healthy eating habits. Farm to Child Care programs, promote nutrition education for children and families, community involvement, and local food sourcing. Farm to Child Care programs involve a variety of team members, including preschool staff, farmers, families, children, teachers, community members, and food service employees.


Expanding Farm to Child Care Webinar - Presented by Team Nutrition and Iowa State University Extension and includes steps for getting started in farm to child care; using child care gardens for nutrition education and in the meals program; enhancing knowledge and skills for safe procurement of locally grown foods; encouraging children to consume foods that are locally grown; and enhancing skills to communicate these efforts to parents and staff. Webinar Slides

Grow It, Try It, Like It! Garden-Based Nutrition Education for Curriculum for Preschoolers

Farm to Preschool Network - National webpage that contains resources on how to start a Farm to Preschool program, parent education materials, preschool gardens, seasonal menus and recipes, local food purchasing resources and much more!

Gardening with CACFP Video - Created by Iowa Child Care Resource & Referral: Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc.

Its Farm Time - Provides tips, strategies, and resources to starting a Farm to Child Care Program

Iowa Team Nutrition - Farm to CACFP Online Module - Provides 1 hr training credit that counts towards annual CACFP training.  Part of a CACFP Wellness Modules - Supporting Healthy Habits Library.

  • Starting a Garden
  • Field Trips and Hosting Special Guests
  • Incorporating Nutrition Education
  • How to Purchase Local Foods
  • Seasonal Menus and Recipes

Food Safety: Farm and Garden to Preschool - Free online training program sponsored by the University of Massachusetts-Amherst that can be completed to count toward annual CACFP training. Each Unit includes videos, interactive activities such as sharing boards and the creation of best practices planning tools.

  • Farm to Preschool Benefits
  • Fresh Produce and Foodborne Illness Risks
  • Food Safety Basics for the Classroom and the Kitchen
  • Food Safety and Gardening Activities
  • Food Safety on Field Trips to Farms and Farmers’ Markets

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on February 21, 2018 at 11:05pm.