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Farm to School

Children showing hands covered in garden soil

Children actively planting a garden

Children sitting alongside a garden bed

Children reading garden books

So much is "growing" on with our six school gardens. Check out our 2020-2021 De Pere Farm to School Report to see how our students have been connected to our local farms and their healthy, fresh produce.
Thank you to Wello for the partnership in connecting our school to our local farms. There are nine school districts participating in the Brown County Farm to School Task Force, which served over 28,000 pounds of local produce in their schools and purchased over $195,000 of produce directly supporting our local farms. The 2020-2021 Brown County Farm to School Report describes how we come together to build a food system to benefit all. Wello recently reported that "over the course of our most recent USDA Farm to School implementation grant (2020-2022), there was a 483% increase in the amount of local food purchased for school meals."  We are so proud to be a part of this community partnership!

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 decade the School Nutrition Department has been purchasing from Hillside Orchards, Ledgeview Gardens and Seasonal Harvest, a cooperative of local farmers. We have also had the opportunity of serving "hyper local" food to our students directly from our six 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.

Core Elements of Farm to School: School Gardens, Education, Procurement
Farm to School Core Element School Gardens
Farm to School Procurement Core Element
Farm to School Education Core Element