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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 Kids’s Heart and has a Grasp of Arts and is a Licensed Belief and Fiduciary Advisor. April Mixon is the Meals Coordinator at Greenbriar Kids’s Heart. Each are Savannah-based.

All pictures courtesy of the authors.

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

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

On common, one in 5 individuals in Savannah lives beneath the poverty degree. The quantity is even larger for kids underneath the age of 5. Following Federal Youngster and Grownup Care Meals Program (CACFP) pointers, Greenbriar supplies breakfast, lunch, and a wholesome snack for all kids in our early studying applications. 

Within the Spring of 2022, we launched an initiative to supply contemporary, locally-grown vegatables and fruits to our facilities through a partnership with the Forsyth Farmers Market—the biggest regional market in our space. 

The group acknowledged that the brains and our bodies of younger kids develop at a speedy price. They need to obtain important vitamins to help this important time of progress to help optimistic well being outcomes into maturity. We all know that an elevated consumption of contemporary produce will help to cut back the danger of childhood weight problems and problems which will come up later in life, together with Sort 2 diabetes, excessive ldl cholesterol, coronary heart illness, and stroke. Underneath-resourced areas, which regularly have diminished entry to grocery shops that present contemporary produce, face a better threat for these well being dangers.  

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

To increase our information round this work, we’ve got change into a member of the Georgia Farm to Early Care and Schooling Coalition. To this point, we’ve got participated in varied applications with fellow coalition members, together with High quality Look after Kids (QCC) and Georgia Organics.   

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

Spinach To Win It impressed us to offer 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 supplied a parent-child vitamin night time, informing dad and mom about our efforts to supply their kids with contemporary, locally-grown produce each week.

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

These meals should be as nutrient-dense as doable to supply the healthiest starting doable for each baby. And, attending to help native farmers to attain this vital work helps us really feel much more linked to our group.

Study extra about Greenbriar Kids’s Heart at  

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

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

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


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