On January 9, National Farm to School Network hosted its first quarterly webinar for 2018, Placing Equity at the Center of Farm to Early Care and Education. At the intersection of multiple sectors, including policy, education, food systems and social justice, farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) can be a platform for advancing racial and social equity. Access to farm to ECE opportunities may be one approach to addressing health and education inequities by increasing access to healthy, local foods and high-quality education opportunities for children and communities while promoting ECE policies that address inequity. Farm to ECE can, at the same time, address inequities in the food system by changing ECE purchasing practices and policies.
The webinar features speakers from The Food Trust, Policy Equity Group and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems who shared how they are evaluating internal structures and practices to prioritize equity and working towards programs and policies that place equity at the center of farm to ECE initiatives.
Click here to view the recording. See below for presenter resources and links:
- Taking Action for Racial Justice Program Assessment
- An Annotated Bibliography on Structural Racism Present in the U.S. Food System: Fifth Edition – Michigan State University
- Racial Equity in the Food System – Center for Environmental Farming Systems CORE Team
- Multicultural Farm to ECE Book List – we will release the list on Multicultural Book Day (January 27, 2018) and will be posted on http://www.pareadysetgrow.org/.
- Article of Interest: Luck Doesn’t Create Equity – Good Design Yields Better Results