Erin McKee VanSlooten joined IATP in 2010. Her current projects focus on Farm to School and Farm to Early Care, getting fresh healthy produce from our local growers into school and early care meals, as well as testing and promoting curricula and educational models that encourage food literacy as children make the connection between those locally grown foods and the farmers who produce them. She is also working with a broad coalition of stakeholders to push forward state-level policy to support Farm to School and Early Care in Minnesota.
By Erin McKee VanSlooten, Katie Costello
The Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties (Community Action) Head Start Program worked with the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) and the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) to launch the first Farm to Head Start initiative in Minnesota in 2014.