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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 Improvement 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 photos 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 supplies 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 individuals in Savannah lives under the poverty stage. The quantity is even larger for youngsters below the age of 5. Following Federal Little one and Grownup Care Meals Program (CACFP) pointers, Greenbriar supplies 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 vegatables and fruits to our facilities through a partnership with the Forsyth Farmers Market—the most important regional market in our space. 

The workforce 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 scale back the chance 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 decreased entry to grocery shops that present recent produce, face a better threat 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 increase our information round this work, we now have turn into a member of the Georgia Farm to Early Care and Training Coalition. Up to now, we now have participated in numerous packages with fellow coalition members, together with High quality Take care of Youngsters (QCC) and Georgia Organics.   

We’ve participated within the Georgia Early Care and Training Harvest of the Month marketing campaign and, most not too long ago, the Georgia Organics #SpinachtoWinit marketing campaign.  

Spinach To Win It impressed us to present our youngsters 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 supplied a parent-child vitamin 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 stands out as the most full meals {that a} little one in an under-resourced space receives. 

These meals have to be as nutrient-dense as doable to offer the healthiest starting doable for each little one. And, attending to assist native farmers to attain this necessary work helps us really feel much more related to our group.

Study extra about Greenbriar Youngsters’s Heart at  

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

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

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

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