Local food, gardening, hands-on learning, and family engagement

Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) offers increased access to healthy, local foods, gardening opportunities, and food-based activities to enhance the educational experience in all types of ECE settings (e.g. preschools, child care centers, family child care homes, Head Start/Early Head Start, programs in K-12 school districts).

Rooted is proudly developing free Wisconsin farm to ECE resources for ECE providers, support organizations, food service staff, and food producers in the state. This work is made possible thanks to funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan.

Here, you will find resources from Rooted and our farm to ECE partners that aim to facilitate and empower all ECE sites to increase access to local foods, improve the nutrition environment, and enhance educational opportunities for children through hands-on learning and play in food and nutrition, inclusion of local foods in meals and snacks, planting and tending to gardens, and family engagement opportunities.

Quick Links to Resources


Family Engagement

ECE Partner Websites

Several of our partners have free resources available on their websites
Information and resources for all components of farm to ECE, both nationally and Wisconsin-specific.
The Wisconsin School Garden Network supports new and existing gardens and youth education programs, and host a website with extensive resources for gardening with children of all ages.

Wisconsin Farm to ECE Survey

The first Wisconsin farm to ECE provider and support organization surveys aimed to establish baseline data for farm to ECE participation including existing farm to ECE activities already taking place and what trainings and resources could help sites grow farm to ECE. The survey also assessed support organization staff knowledge and understanding of farm to ECE.