Start Your ECE Garden

Now that you've begun your Farm to ECE journey you're probably noticing the benefits of having local, fresh food on your menu. If you want to take it a step further and introduce gardening to your childcare center, there is no better way to learn about and explore healthy food than by growing it yourselves! The table below gives you resources developed by other programs that have either started their own gardens or are working to empower childcare centers to start their own.  Check out the links below to learn more.

Farm to ECE Gardening resources:

Program

Organization

Link

Natural Learning Initiative North Carolina State University A&T State University Cooperative Extension Creating Childcare Center Production Gardens
Natural Learning Initiative North Carolina State University A&T State University Cooperative Extension Growing Cool-Season Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens
Natural Learning Initiative North Carolina State University A&T State University Cooperative Extension Growing Warm-Season Fruits and Vegetables in Childcare Production Gardens
USDA’s People’s Garden Initiative U.S Department of Agriculture  School Garden Checklist
Growing Minds Farm to School Program Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project Early Introduction to Sensory Gardens: Infants and Toddlers Farm to Preschool 
Peace Garden Program   Growing Gardens Starting a Preschool Garden

 

Additional Websites with great resources: