Welcome to the Kitchen! A Farm to Early Education Nutrition & Procurement Online Workshop

Date: Monday, November 9, 2020 - 5:30pm to Friday, December 18, 2020 - 7:30pm
Location: Online

This workshop is full. Please consider joining our "Welcome to the Community" workshop, which runs from January 11 to February 12.


Thursdays, 5:30–7:30PM
$15 online participant (+ additional fees with undergraduate or graduate credit)

Farm to School encourages children to investigate their food systems, adopt healthy eating behaviors, and develop deeper connections to their communities. It connects Classrooms, Cafeterias/Kitchens, and Communities (the 3C’s)!

Now you — whether you're a family child care, Head Start, center-based, public pre-K, or home visiting educator — can join our series, Cultivating Farm to Early Childhood (FTEC), to explore and expand your food and nutrition programming while building and strengthening community relationships. Learn how FTEC concepts help meet multiple standards across licensing, CACFP, VELS, and STARS by promoting children’s learning, social emotional well-being, healthy eating habits, family engagement, and community building.

Participate in all three sessions, or pick the one you're most interested in.

This course will introduce participants to the Cafeteria/Kitchen part of the 3C Model of Farm to Early Childhood (FTEC). The course will provide an overview of child nutrition and explore environmental, policy, and programmatic factors that support the development of children’s healthy eating behaviors. Course topics include: 

  • Child nutrition 
  • Cooking with children 
  • Early educator roles and best practices
  • Child Adult Care Food Programming (CACFP)
  • Food procurement
  • Menu and recipe generation
  • Values and policy development 
  • Community resources supporting food security

This FTEC opportunity is generously supported by the A.D. Henderson Foundation and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

Registration is required; deadline October 23. 

This course is available for one undergraduate or graduate credit at an additional cost of $125. If you enroll in the full three-course series (Classroom, Kitchen, and Community) you may request a limited scholarship for the credit-bearing fees and you will receive a free copy of Cultivating Joy & Wonder.

Please reach out to Shelburne Farms' Early Childhood Program Coordinator Jed Norris at [email protected] with any questions.

Register for Welcome to the Kitchen!