Funding & Resources

“Grow It, Try It, Like It!” Fun with Fruits and Vegetables at Family Child Care

  • Team Nutrition’s popular “Grow It, Try It, Like It!” nutrition education materials have been updated and customized for use by family child care homes!  This resource is filled with garden-themed activities for children ages three through five, with tips on how to include older children in the learning as well. This version of “Grow It, Try It, Like It!” also includes new posters, fruit and vegetable cards, and recipes. Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) operators will be able to request printed copies this spring.


  • While public interest in where our food comes from continues to grow, there is a dearth of resources available for teaching young people about the food system. Check out the FoodSpan curriculum created by the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future  for a free, downloadable curriculum that provides high school students with a deep understanding of critical food system issues.

Montana Cook Fresh School Nutrition Program Institute – July 29 – Aug 2

  • Montana Team Nutrition is hosting the Montana Cook Fresh School Nutrition Institute at Montana State University, Bozeman on July 29-August 2, 2019. This workshop is targeted to new school food service directors/managers and is designed to improve food service management and culinary skills. Class size is limited. Course materials, uniform, 4 meals, and parking is included in the registration fee ($250).

Trending Topics: Farm to ECE State Strategic Planning, July 11; 1-2 PM ET

Developing a farm to early care and education (ECE) state strategic plan can facilitate the coordinated growth, expansion, and institutionalization of farm to ECE across the state. Aligning the plan with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Spectrum of Opportunities for State-Level Obesity Prevention Efforts Targeting the Early Care and Education Setting further supports comprehensive integration of farm to ECE into existing ECE systems and structures. In this webinar, learn about the Spectrum of Opportunities from Nora Geary (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) and hear from Erin Croom (Georgia Organics) and Caliste Chong (Alabama Smart Start) about the development, implementation and impacts of state farm to ECE strategic plans in their states. Register here.

Trending Topics: State Local Purchasing Incentive Bills,  August 1; 1-2 PM ET

Providing an increased meal reimbursement to schools and ECE sites purchasing and serving local foods not only increases the amount of fresh, local foods in meal program, but can provide increased revenue streams for local producers. Many states are exploring or pursuing local food incentive bills and a few states have passed and implemented successful legislation, providing important models for future legislation. In this webinar, hear from key stakeholders about the passage and enactment of the MI Ten Cents a Meal Program and the New Mexico Grown Local Produce Grant. Register here.

Summer Camps Programs at School Gardens and Farms Webinar Recording

If you missed the School Garden Support Organization Network’s webinar last week, you can still view the archived recording–and all other archived webinars–here. Learn tips for summer garden programming from two garden education experts: Amy Carlson with Life Lab and Erin Jackson with Gallatin Valley Farm to School.

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