Roots in the Ground

Farm to Early Care Curriculum

Roots in the Ground is a comprehensive Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) curriculum created by Rooted staff, partners, and consultants to guide in-person, garden-based education and cooking trainings for ECE professionals. The curriculum is designed to help early childhood educators feel inspired and confident in gardening and cooking activities with young children.

The trainings focus on site evaluation and planning to start a small garden, as well as considerations for ECE-age appropriate gardening and cooking activities, including safety considerations, cultural connections, and garden sustainability. The curriculum, which connects with WMELS, YoungStar, and GoNAPSACC, also includes garden and cooking-related activity ideas, songs, poems, books, further resources, and more!

Roots in the Ground is an inspiring and comprehensive curriculum designed to help ECE providers feel confident gardening and cooking with young children.


Garden education is always evolving. We welcome your feedback as you use these materials. Our staff is also available to provide support for your ECE garden and cooking programs. Please reach out to us at [email protected] with any questions or suggestions.

Roots in the Ground is a product of Rooted, created with support from Fueling Philanthropies and The Cap Times Kids Fund.

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