Have you heard The Dirt?

Hot of the presses! PHSA is thrilled to offer the newest exclusive PA Farm to ECE Newsletter:   Within this virtual newsletter, you’ll find the following features: – One of the many benefits of bringing farm fresh foods to local centers is the positive impact on our environment. Small Changes will include other ideas to … Continued

Ideas, Ideas- Now How Do I Fund It??

We have so many amazing opportunities to bring in healthy eating and easy gardening tips for the classroom- but how do you fund it? Turn your puppy dog eyes away from your neighbors, friends, family, and (lets be real) every local store from which you can sweet talk donations. Check out these easy grant opportunities. … Continued

September is Hunger Action Month- how can you help?

According to the latest statistics found on the Feeding America website, there are over 1,500,000 people who identify as “food insecure” in Pennsylvania. Children account for 437,340 of that statistic. So what does the term “food insecure” actually mean? Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, … Continued

Program Highlight: Columbia Child Development Program

This week I had the immense pleasure to visit the Head Start center at Columbia Child Development Program. I was able to see some of the ways that the Berwick center chooses to keep healthy choices as an integral part of their program. As Health Coordinator Becky Aardweg shared with me, the community plays a large … Continued

F2ECE + Your program + PHSA= Ready Set Grow Success!

As the school year begins, we are looking forward to hear from YOU! We know that you are working diligently to provide Farm to ECE opportunities to your students and families and we want to hear about it! We are passionate about highlighting how your site is working with local farmers. Have you planned a … Continued

PA Go Napp Sacc Mini Grant Available!

As the school year begins and the time seems to evaporate quicker than your task list it can feel daunting to hit every goal and CQI plan for your program. Policies surrounding healthy eating, obtaining local food resources, and CACFP guidelines seem to be evolving quickly. You would like to offer the families you serve … Continued

August Activities

There seems to be two camps when it comes to how August is viewed. There is a group of people who grasp onto to every wisp of summer breeze, stock their freezer with pops and honey drips, and refuse to wear anything other than a bathing suits or- at the most- shorts well into September. … Continued

Understanding the Kids Eat Local Act

You throw a stone into the middle of a pond and soon you will see the ripples it has caused reach the shore. When schools and centers purchase local foods, the ripple is felt large and wide. Not only does it support local farmers, which in turns allows money to be filtered throughout the community, … Continued

Making Memories for Future Generations

  Every July my mom, Momma Jo, and I  would wake up early, fill our bottles with ice cold water, and head down the road to our favorite orchard. We would always argue with ourselves over how much fruit we would need and eventually settle on the biggest container, knowing that we would always find … Continued

Making the most out of your WIC benefits at Farmer’s Markets

According to the USDA  fact sheet, Pennsylvania’s Special Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants and Children, also known as WIC, and the Farmers Market Nutrition Program have partnered with over one THOUSAND farmers in the Keystone State to provide fresh, unprepared fruits and vegetables to eligible mothers and children. WIC and the FMNP provides this seasonal … Continued