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Farm To ECE Success In An City Setting

Visitor weblog contributors Cherie L.B. Trice and April Mixon

Cherie L.B. Trice is the Director of Growth at Greenbriar Youngsters’s Heart and has a Grasp of Arts and is a Licensed Belief and Fiduciary Advisor (CTFA). April Mixon is the Meals Coordinator at Greenbriar Youngsters’s Heart. Each are Savannah-based.

All pictures courtesy of the authors.

Greenbriar Youngsters’s Heart is happy to be acknowledged as one of many first ECE Farmer Champions with Georgia Organics!   

Along with different packages for youngsters and households, Greenbriar offers two quality-rated early childhood teaching programs for youngsters ages six months to 5 years, primarily from very low-income households.

On common, one in 5 folks in Savannah lives beneath the poverty stage. The quantity is even increased for youngsters beneath the age of 5. Following Federal Baby and Grownup Care Meals Program (CACFP) tips, Greenbriar offers breakfast, lunch, and a wholesome snack for all youngsters in our early studying packages. 

Within the Spring of 2022, we launched an initiative to offer recent, locally-grown fruit and veggies to our facilities through a partnership with the Forsyth Farmers Market—the biggest regional market in our space. 

The staff acknowledged that the brains and our bodies of younger youngsters develop at a speedy fee. They have to obtain important vitamins to assist this crucial time of development to assist constructive well being outcomes into maturity. We all know that an elevated consumption of recent produce can assist to cut back the danger of childhood weight problems and issues which will come up later in life, together with Kind 2 diabetes, excessive ldl cholesterol, coronary heart illness, and stroke. Below-resourced areas, which frequently have diminished entry to grocery shops that present recent produce, face the next danger for these well being dangers.  

Our partnership with the farmers market permits us to buy recent, locally-grown (and sometimes natural) produce each week.

To develop our data round this work, we now have develop into a member of the Georgia Farm to Early Care and Schooling Coalition. To this point, we now have participated in varied packages with fellow coalition members, together with High quality Look after Youngsters (QCC) and Georgia Organics.   

We’ve got participated within the Georgia Early Care and Schooling Harvest of the Month marketing campaign and, most just lately, the Georgia Organics #SpinachtoWinit marketing campaign.  

Spinach To Win It impressed us to present our kids a tasty alternative: to develop spinach and pattern the leafy inexperienced in a wide range of methods. We love the spinach pizza, spinach pesto, and different choices we created!

In October, we additionally provided a parent-child diet night time, informing mother and father about our efforts to offer their youngsters with recent, locally-grown produce each week.

We should acknowledge that low-income households typically depend on low-cost, closely processed meals to feed their households. The 2 meals per day offered by childcare facilities will be the most full meals {that a} baby in an under-resourced space receives. 

These meals should be as nutrient-dense as doable to offer the healthiest starting doable for each baby. And, attending to assist native farmers to realize this vital work helps us really feel much more related to our neighborhood.

Study extra about Greenbriar Youngsters’s Heart at  

You too can observe them on Instagram (@greenbriarsav), Twitter (@GreenbriarCCSAV), and Fb (@GreenbriarChildrensCenter)

Contact their Director of Growth Cherie L. B. Trice at 

To be taught extra about Georgia Organics, go to and observe us on social media @GeorgiaOrganics. 



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