Taking Root Together 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 Tennessee and Kentucky.

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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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Taking Root Together 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 Tennessee and Kentucky. Taking Root Together  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

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Henderson Family Magazine Article - June 2022

Henderson Family Magazine

Taking Root as a Little Gardener
Henderson Family Magazine

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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…

July Photo Update

As we move into the mid summer months, its time to start reaping our first garden harvest! These photos were sent in by our participating child care sites through-out the state! ​If you have garden photos you would like to…

May Photo Update

The 2017 growing season is here! We are thrilled to bring gardening opportunities to nearly 15 new childcare sites this year! These 15 new sites span the entire state of Tennessee, from Memphis to Chattanooga. The program has never been…

Taking Root Tennessee Workshop at National Conference

In April, we had the opportunity to travel to Orlando, Florida for the National CACFP Sponsors Association Conference. We attend this conference every year to learn the latest and greatest in child nutrition and to keep tabs on any coming…

Celebrating Good Nutrition For Our Littlest Eaters

By Lacy Stephens, Farm to Early Care and Education Associate Original Source: National Farm to School Network Blog Along with the onset of spring, March brings with it many ways to celebrate good nutrition for our littlest eaters. Buy a monterrey…

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- What Our Educators Are Saying -

Keidy C.
Thank you for your support through this learning experience. The kids talk about the garden at home and are excited to come and see it everyday. We are so happy. This experience has changed our lives forever.
Jessica K.
Taking root has been an awesome experience, not only for my daycare kiddos, but for myself as well. I appreciate Our Daily Bread helping with the funding of feeding my babies! The garden has been great at teaching the kiddos what we can grow and eat. We get so excited when we see things start to bloom. I think I get the most excited and I can't wait for next year! It will be BIGGER and BETTER! Thanks Our Daily Bread CACFP!

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