Taking Root Tennessee aims to influence positive food choices in children by bringing gardening opportunities to childcare settings & homes. Our mission is to empower young people and inspire healthy food choices in the children of Knox and surrounding counties.
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FARM TO EARLY CHILD CARE

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In 2010, 15.8% of Tennessee youth age 18 and under were obese, and 14.2% of Tennessee’s children age two to four were obese. Childcare providers have a unique opportunity to help lower the obesity rates of children. Many childcare providers feed children two or more meals a day. If given the resources, childcare providers can model and inspire healthy food choices in children.

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WHAT IS TAKING ROOT TENNESSEE?
HOW WILL YOU ACCOMPLISH THIS?
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
WHAT IS TAKING ROOT TENNESSEE?

Taking Root TN is focused on improving children’s food choices by bringing gardening opportunities to childcare settings and families. The primary goal is to empower young people and inspire healthy food choices in the children of Knox and surrounding counties. Taking Root TN aims to:

  • Increase consumption of fruits & vegetables
  • Make children more comfortable with trying new fruits and vegetables
  • Increase access to healthy food resources and garden-education material
  • Reconnect children with the source of raw foods
  • Prepare preschoolers for K-12, Farm to School activities
HOW WILL YOU ACCOMPLISH THIS?

Taking Root Tennessee provides gardening supplies and educational resources to area childcare providers and families who fit certain eligibility criteria. Our staff installs a raised garden bed, fills it with nutrient rich top soil then sows the seeds that will produce nutritious fruits and vegetables for years to come. In addition, gardening tools and equipment are provided with a garden to fork themed preschool curriculum that helps reinforce the gardening concepts with young children.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

Taking Root Tennessee in currently partnered with over 35 area childcare homes and centers in the State of Tennessee. In order to be eligible for the program, participants must meet 5 eligibility requirements.

  1. CACFP Participant (Child & Adult Care Food Program)
    Child care sites must serve nutritious meals credible under the Child & Adult Care Food Program guidelines.
  2. Physical Space
    Minimum, 24 square foot plot on semi-flat ground
  3. Home Owner/Permission
    Proof of ownership or have agreement on file with home owner/community development organization
  4. Geographic
    Located in State of Tennessee
  5. Income (Child Care Homes Only)
    Have children living in your home who qualify for Free and Reduced Price School Meals under the National School Lunch Program.

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Company Field Trip to the Garden

Last week, some of our Taking Root team gathered at Beardsley Community Garden to prepare seedlings for the spring plantings coming up in May. Philip, Mia, Nikki and Senta all spent the afternoon planting seeds and preparing soil! We have…

The Great Pumpkin

I know everyone remembers Charlie Brown and Linus. And I know everyone remembers the movie “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. If you don’t remember, you should really watch it. It’s a great film about kids, Halloween parties, and pumpkins.…

2017 Summer Update

The summer harvest is in full swing! Summer is the perfect time to take children outdoors and show them how food grows and is then picked and prepped for eating. These photos were sent in by participants throughout the entire…

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