Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education sites.
Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.
Core Elements of Farm to School
Procurement: Local foods are purchased, promoted and served in the cafeteria or as a snack or taste-test;
School gardens: Students engage in hands-on learning through gardening; and
Farm to school efforts provide schools and students access to nutritious, high quality, local food helping them to learn and grow. These activities enhance classroom education through sensory learning related to health, agriculture and nutrition. Implementation of farm to school programming increases fruit and vegetable consumption among students and minimizes diet-related diseases such diabetes. Farmers and communities also win with increased financial opportunity, economic stability and increased community engagement. It is a win-win-win! (National Farm to School Network)
Each year, local foods are selected to be featured as Harvest of the Month. These foods are often brought into the local schools to be tasted, placed on a school menu or featured in a nutrition education lesson. Any community partner can participate! Look for these foods where you shop or connect to producers below to buy local and support these important efforts!
The School District of Mauston participates in farm to school programming with nutrition education lessons in some 4th grade classes at Grayside Elementary, field trips to local food producers and has a school garden on the property.
The Necedah Area School District participates in farm to school programming with nutrition education lessons in 3rd grade and the N-Vision 3rd-5th Charter school as well as the After School Program. Classrooms are engaged in the Cardinal Retreat and Garden as well – in 2019, classes have planted, harvested and eaten their own produce from their school garden!
The New Lisbon School District participates in farm to school programming with nutrition education lessons in 3rd through 5th grade classrooms, local food taste tests in the cafeteria, and field trips to local food producers and orchards.
The Royall School District participates in farm to school programming with nutrition education lessons in 4th and 5th grades, local food taste tests in the cafeteria, and grows produce in both an outdoor garden and indoor hydroponic system that has provided food for the cafeteria!
The Wonewoc – Union Center School District participates in farm to school programming with nutrition education lessons in 3rd through 5th grades, field trips to local food producers, and local food taste tests in the cafeteria.
Juneau County Farm to School Coalition The Juneau County Farm to School Coalition was formed in 2018 with a vision to foster a culture that celebrates healthy, local food choices to promote healthy minds and bodies through education, community partnerships, and role-modeling. Monthly Meetings!