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Nutrition Education and Food Access Evaluation Report (2022)

September 13, 2022

The project evaluated examined the use of agricultural education in the ECE setting inClayton County, GA. The project measured teachers' self-efficacy and level ofreadiness to employ Farm to ECE (FTECE) practices, and explored parents' andcommunity members' perceptions about fruit and vegetable access andpromotion. 

Exploring Models of Local Food Procurement in Farm to Early Care and Education Programs

April 21, 2022

Farm to Early Care and Education (Farm to ECE) initiatives generate similarbenefits as Farm to School programs. However, there is a lack of research aboutlocal food procurement in Farm to ECE programs. We provide a descriptiveevaluation of how 12 child care centers that participated in a Farm to ECEprogram procured local food. We found that centers purchased low volumes atthe beginning of the program, creating challenges for establishing viablerelationships with local food suppliers. Centers employed strategies such asbuilding relationships with distributors and retailers, picking up local food, andaggregating demand with other centers and families to create successfulprograms

Early Childhood Education; Food Systems

Buckeye ISA - Resilience Adaptability, and Innovation

February 2, 2022

The Buckeye Institution-Supported Agriculture (ISA) Project was funded by a $750,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The grant was in recognition of AMP's role in the grassroots formation of the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT)

Buckeye ISA - Program Overview

February 2, 2022

Initiated in 2017, Buckeye ISA sought to create a network of at least 100 low-income households with young children, particularly in communities of color, that grow produce for their own use but also with the option of producing enough to sell to Ohio State, or other outlets. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's mission is "to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life." When the W.K. Kellogg grant for the Buckeye ISA project was awarded, one of the requirements was that each household involved must have children between 2 and 8 years old. 

Buckeye ISA - Health Benefits

February 2, 2022

Participants in the Buckeye ISA Program noticed a variety of mental and physical health benefits from regular gardening. Partnering with Nationwide Children's Hospital, biometrics were collected to measure the physical changes over the course of the program.

Buckeye ISA - Student Involvement

February 2, 2022

To leverage Ohio State's goal to increase production and purchase of locally and sustainably sourced food to 40% by 2025 in order to promote more urban farming in economically disadvantaged local communities by providing access to tools, seeds and expertise. - To provide training and workshops to Buckeye ISA households through the Ohio State Franklin County Extension program.

Buckeye ISA - Entrepreneurial Opportunities

February 2, 2022

The Buckeye Institution-Supported Agriculture (ISA) Project was funded by a $750,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The grant was in recognition of AMP's role in the grassroots formation of the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) at The Ohio State University, and the commitment that the University made in its sustainability goals

Buckeye ISA - Participant Education

February 2, 2022

During the Buckeye ISA project, households were offered personalized education on a variety of topics related to gardening, ranging from beginner to more advanced topics. Tim McDermott of OSU Extension, Franklin County planned and delivered workshops around the Columbus area for PSA participants over the course of the project. 

Farm to Child Care: A Detailed Guide for Farmers and Food Producers

January 14, 2022

Farm to Child Care, also called Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE), is about teaching young children where their food comes from and building their confidence to grow, select, and prepare their own fresh food. It is about celebrating our connections through food to nature, our cultures and identities, and to each other. Farm to ECE brings together children, teachers, families,staff, and local farmers and food producers in a wide network of support. 

Early Childhood Education; Food Systems

Reviving the Deadzone

January 10, 2022

For more than 30 years, scientists have investigated an area of deep water in the Gulf known as a "dead zone," which contains so little oxygen that fish and other marine life flee from it or die (Hazen et al. 2009). In the summer of 2017, it swelled to the size of New Jersey. The size of this area experiencing often fatally low levels of oxygen—what scientists call hypoxia— varies depending upon spring rains and snow melt. These carry large quantities of excess soil nutrients, largely nitrogen, down the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers to the Gulf. There, this polluted water sets off a chain reaction of ecological and economic consequences straining the resilience of diverse fishing operations and local communities that depend upon a healthy Gulf for their livelihoods.

Food Systems

How Institutions Can Go Beyond Procurement to Help Build Equitable Food Economies; Institutional Investment: What we’ve learned

January 1, 2022

In order to inform our Institutional Investment Accelerator, Wallace Center partnered with Kitchen Sync Strategies to dig deep into the theory and practice of institutional investment in equitable food systems.

Food Systems

Buckeye ISA

December 23, 2021

The Buckeye Institution-Supported Agriculture (ISA) Project was funded by a $750,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to Project Director Casey Hoy, in his role as Kellogg Chair in Agricultural Ecosystems Management. The grant was in recognition of AMP's role in the grassroots formation of the Initiative for Food and AgriCultural Transformation (InFACT) at The Ohio State University, and the commitment that the University made in its sustainability goals. The original goals of Buckeye ISA were:

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