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NC Farm to Preschool Network

 

The NC Farm to Preschool Network connects, educates, develops and shares resources between community and state partners, farmers, early childhood educators and families to spark the local foods movement in early childhood education environments.

 

June 23, 2020

Dear North Carolina Farm to Preschool Network,

During these times of increasing awareness of the racial inequities that exist in our country, the Advisory Committee of the North Carolina Farm to Preschool Network is reaffirming our commitment to the advancement of racial justice. We will prioritize equity by:

  1. Reviewing the core values of our network reflected in our mission, objectives, and goals. 
  2. Seeking and sharing farm to preschool resources that are relative and inclusive.
  3. Including multiple cultures, backgrounds, and perspectives in our communications.

We would like to share this statement, from Helen Dombalis, Executive Director of National Farm to School Network: There Is No Food Justice Without Racial Justice. Our statewide network stands behind the sentiments expressed by Helen. We pledge to continue to learn, grow, and listen.

There are many resources available for educators and families to learn and teach children about racial equity, and we will continue to share those with you. Please let us know if you have any that we should pass along.

Thank you for all you do to bring equity and justice to all children, families, and communities. 

 – The NC Farm to Preschool Network Advisory Committee

 

WHAT IS FARM TO PRESCHOOL? 

Farm to preschool includes any type of child care that incorporates local foods through one or more of the following activities: meals and snacks, taste tests, lessons, farmer visits, cooking, growing food, and/or community and parent involvement.

You can find helpful farm to preschool resources on this website (compiled by ASAP’s Growing Minds program) as well as through the National Farm to School Network’s website (search by Preschool/Early Care setting).

Follow us! For up to date news and resources, we encourage you to follow our work via the NC Farm to Preschool Network Facebook page. Here we’ll connect you to farm to preschool and ECE partners and resources from across North Carolina. 

Since its launch in 2015, the NC Farm to Preschool Network has worked to achieve its purpose through:

We are busy gathering resources to support farm to preschool in ECE settings across NC, having annual planning meetings of our Advisory Committee, and establishing our website presence under ASAP (one of the founding partners).

For more information about these resources or for more information about the North Carolina Farm to Preschool Network, please contact growingminds@asapconnections.org.

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