Farm to Childcare

Posted: Mon, 09/16/2013 - 4:16pm Updated: Thu, 04/24/2014 - 12:40pm

What is Farm to Childcare?

Program components can include the following:
  • sourcing local foods in childcare snacks and meals
  • promoting and increasing access to local foods for caregivers and families
  • offering nutrition and/or garden-based curricula
  • childcare gardening
  • in-class food preparation and taste testing
  • field trips to farms, farmers’ markets and community gardens
  • parent workshops
  • implementing childcare wellness policies which address Farm to Childcare principles

Gardening in Childcare

Buying Local

  • Check labels at the grocery store to look for products grown closer to home
  • If you use a distributor, ask about the local products they carry. Request local products when available
  • Buy directly from a farmer. Buy at a Farmer's Market or develop a partnership with a farmer to produce products specifically for your facility. Search for Farmers and Farmer's Markets using Indiana MarketMaker


  • Grow It, Try It, Like It
  • Early Sprouts
  • More Than Mud Pies
  • Children's Books on Gardening/Growing Food
    • The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
    • Carlos and the Cornfield by Jan Romero Stevens
    • Garden of Happiness by Erika Tamar
    • Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
    • Harriet and the Garden by Nancy Carlson
    • One Small Square Backyard by Donald M Silver
    • Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
    • Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

Other Resources

For questions related to gardening in childcare, contact Heather Stinson at or 317-232-0869.