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Unified School District of De Pere

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Farm to School

“Farm to School” connects schools and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers. Over the past five years the De Pere Schools Food Service Department has been purchasing from Hillside Orchards and Ledgeview Gardens. This year we have expanded our local buying with the addition of Seasonal Harvest, a cooperative of local farmers. We have also had the opportunity of serving "hyper local" food to our students directly from our 4 school gardens. Students are offered local produce on the lunch line, daily. Students have tried items like orange watermelon, yellow tomatoes, colored carrots, and English cucumbers. 
With our partnership with the Brown County Farm to School Taskforce we are working towards bringing other locally grown foods into our schools!
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 December 2017 Update: Food Service now has a Food Dehydrator In-House and will offer apple/kale chips to students as another veggie or fruit choice during lunch service. Thank you Live 54218 for funding this project! 
2017 Classroom Sample Recipe:
"Green & Gold" Smoothies
4 cups of canned pineapple with juice
4 cups (handfuls) of washed greens (kale, spinach) 
3-4 bananas
Blend until smooth, approximately 1 minute.
Highschool FACE classes learn about how to eat local in Wisconsin during the winter. Hands on food preservation skills were taught by Food Service staff. Students made strawberry freezer jam, refrigerator pickles and kale chips.