Penfield Children’s Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is committed to nutrition, both in the center and at the children’s homes.
First Lutheran Childcare Center was awarded a Garden Grant from Wisconsin Team Nutrition. They were able to purchase gardening and nutrition books, play food, nutrition games, seeds, plants and more. By gardening and taste-testing the food they grew, the children were encouraged to eat new foods that otherwise they never would have tried.
Excitement and momentum surrounding the Farm to Preschool movement is growing in Wisconsin. The state has a strong history in both Farm to School and the early childhood setting, but that work has been somewhat separated for many years. A Farm to Preschool subgroup formed in 2015.
Educators at Kettle Moraine YMCA Early Learning Center in Wisconsin enjoy sharing the garden’s many teachable moments with the center’s 36 students, including the chance to taste-test new veggies.