Third Year of Farm to Early Care and Education Implementation Grant Funding continues expansion of Michigan Farm to ECE efforts

An additional $63,000 grant will support Michigan Farm to Early Care and Education efforts.

The hand of a student at an early care and education center reaches out to touch a broccoli plant growing in the school garden.

Funding from the Farm to Early Care and Education Implementation Grant ( FIG) continues for a third year, November 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. This grant from the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) was renewed to the MSU Center for Regional Food Systems ( CRFS) to build upon the work of the previous two years to strengthen collaborations and increase awareness of, capacity for, and equitable access to farm to ECE.  

“During the second year of funding, 31 early care and education sites including family child care providers and center-based sites across 17 counties received funding to support farm to ECE activities, impacting 1,214 children,” says Meagan K. Shedd, PhD, the FIG team co-lead. Shedd, an assistant professor, leads farm to early care and K-12 education work at MSU CRFS.  

In year 3, the Michigan FIG team aims to increase their outreach to ECE providers to communicate the resources available. By streamlining the resources available, the network hopes to increase participation in 10 Cents a Meal. Additionally, Michigan will focus on helping Farm to ECE providers leverage funds from 10 Cents and Child and Adult Care Food Program in their procurement practices, as well as using GO NAPSACC for documentation and professional development purposes. 

MSU CRFS coordinates the Michigan Farm to Early Care and Education Network, a group of statewide partners who collaborate to improve access to healthy food, increase nutritional awareness and health outcomes, and support ECE providers as they work to improve children’s learning environments. 

Ten states and the District of Columbia will receive an additional $63,000 each and technical assistance to strengthen their state-level farm to ECE initiatives for an additional one-year project period. ASPHN administers this grant in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Farm to School Network. The continuing Year 3 FIG teams include: Colorado, District of Columbia, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Vermont, and Washington. 

For more information about farm to ECE in Michigan, please contact Meagan K. Shedd at 

For more information about FIG, please contact Emia Oppenheim at or 814-255-2829, extension 714. 

 The Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems (CRFS) unites the knowledge of diverse food systems stakeholders with that of MSU faculty and staff to advance regionally-rooted food systems through applied research, education, and outreach. Our work fosters a thriving economy, equity, and sustainability for Michigan, the nation, and the planet by increasing understanding of and engagement with systems that produce food that is healthy, green, fair, and affordable. Learn more at 

Founded in 1952, the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) is a non-profit membership organization that strengthens nutrition policy, programs and environments for all people through the development of public health nutrition leaders and the collective action of members nationwide. ASPHN’s membership is composed of more than 700 nutrition professionals located throughout all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. ASPHN's vision is healthy eating and active living for everyone. You can find ASPHN on the web at and on Facebook at 

MSU Center for Regional Food Systems appreciates the technical assistance, training, and financial support provided to us by the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN). ASPHN's Farm to ECE Implementation Grant (FIG) is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States (U.S.) Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of cooperative agreement number NU38OT000279 (total of $2,295,000). This application is wholly supported by the FIG, which is funded by the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity (DNPAO)/ National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP) /CDC/HHS. The contents of this application are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, DNPAO/NCCDPHP/CDC/HHS, or the U.S. government. 

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