All Alabama Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition programs are empowered to successfully source healthy local foods, build gardens, and offer food and agriculture activities that enrich the quality of early learning experiences for children and support the Alabama food economy. 


Alabama Farm to ECE Blog and Updates

Little Chefs: Help from Little Hands in the Kitchen

March is National Nutrition Month, which means it’s a great time to talk to your kids about the importance of eating nutritious meals to promote strong growth, proper sleep, and a healthy lifestyle. A fun and interactive way to start the conversation would be to have kids get involved in the kitchen.

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Purchasing Local Foods for Thanksgiving Celebrations

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it’s time to start planning for the holiday! A great way to celebrate with your program is by serving Thanksgiving-themed meals and snacks. Most of the traditional Thanksgiving staples can be made with fresh fruits and vegetables that can be sourced from your local farmers! We will share some ideas for foods to purchase at your local farmers market as you prepare for this month’s festivities. 

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Tips for Starting a Garden in an Early Childhood Setting 

Gardening activities are a great way to get children involved with nature while teaching them about how things grow! Children can learn scientific concepts, cooperation skills, and more when taking part in gardening tasks and activities. It can be intimidating to start a garden if you have never done it before, so here are some tips for getting started! 

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About Us

Alabama Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition

The Alabama Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition enriches early learning experiences by fostering the implementation of gardens, food education, and farm education activities. The Coalition also works to provide access to healthy foods by supporting local economies and purchasing locally.

By having equity as a top priority, the Coalition focuses on how their work will affect populations with varying socioeconomic statuses, abilities, and backgrounds.

Coalition members engage different sectors throughout the state to work together to address barriers faced by child care providers in Alabama.

The Farm to ECE Coalition seeks input and guidance from the individuals and groups directly affected by their work.

By utilizing a strengths-based approach, the Coalition keeps the needs and assets of community members a priority when making recommendations and thinking through solutions.

Members of the Coalition will strive to be transparent and communicate clearly about their work with the populations and communities they impact.

Core Values

The Alabama Farm to Early Care and Education Coalition core values are a vital component of the Coalition’s work. By rooting their work in these core values, the Coalition strives to bring equitable education and resources to every table in the child care field.