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Wednesday, August 3, 2022

81% of ECE providers are already doing farm to ECE

2021 National Farm to ECE Survey Results Now Available
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN), in partnership with Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS), is pleased to begin sharing information from the 2021 National Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) Survey.

The first set of briefs is now available:

  • Survey fact sheet 
  • Survey infographic
  • Sharing toolkit

The full set of briefs will summarize findings from a nationwide survey of more than 2,900 providers in 26 states and Washington, D.C. who shared about the benefits and challenges of connecting young children to healthy, local foods, gardening, and food and agriculture education through farm to ECE. The findings help us to better understand current initiatives, motivations and challenges in applying farm to ECE activities in early care and education settings.

Who can use this resource?
Farm to ECE practitioners, partners, and supporters can use these resources to start conversations and build awareness among their networks. 

Watch for more resources coming soon, including:
  • 2021 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey Briefs
  • Background and Methods
  • Farm to ECE Reach
  • Participation and Practices
  • Why Farm to ECE
  • Local Purchasing
  • COVID-19 and Farm to ECE
  • State level data  
  • Webinar: Results of the 2021 National Farm to Early Care and Education Survey
Explore and share this resource with your networks! 

All forthcoming briefs will be available on the NFSN website.

For more information, contact Meagan Shedd at

Learn more about the National Farm to School Network at

Find out more about Farm to ECE in Michigan at 
Funding for this resource comes from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
Please help us spread the word
Forward this message and share on social media. Tag @MSUCRFS and @farmtoschool on Facebook and Twitter. 

New @farmtoschool & @msucrfs national survey shows #FarmtoECE can feed children and families, with 41% growing food for children to take home and 42% using garden harvests for meals. See the results @farmtoschool & @msucrfs #farmtoECE survey at 

New @farmtoschool & @msucrfs survey shows 81% of ECE sites are already doing farm to ECE and 14% are ready to get started. See what’s happening in your state and across the country in the survey briefs at #farmtoECE  
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