Farm to School & Institution Program

​​Wisconsin Act 293 was created to: promote the use of locally grown food in school meals and snacks, grant rule−making authority and create the Farm to School Council.​

DATCP Farm to School Advisory Council members are nominated and appointed by the Secretary of DATCP. The council is comprised of 15 individuals, including a DATCP employee, DPI employee, DHS employee, and 12 other members who are farmers, experts in child health, school food service personnel, and others with interests in agriculture, nutrition, and education appointed by the DATCP Secretary. The council makes key recommendations to the DATCP Secretary that guide the development of Farm to School in Wisconsin and creates the required annual Wisconsin Farm to School Annual Report for the legislature under Wis. Stat. s. 93.49 (5) .​

DATCP Farm to School Advisory Council

DATCP Farm to School Advisory Council Nomination Form

2020-22 Farm to School Annual Report (PDF)

2019-20 Farm to School Annual Report (PDF )​​

DATCP Agricultural Development Division provides services through a Farm to School and Institution Specialist focusing on procurement and economic development for farmers by supporting and facilitating connections along local food supply chains from producer to processor, buyer, and ultimately to people's plates.

DATCP partners with the Department of Public Instruction to provide technical assistance to Wisconsin producers and food service directors on developing farm to school partnerships and practices through a Farm to School Marketplace.

MarketplaceMeetingsSchedule.pdf (wi.gov)

DATCP Home Marketplace Meetings: Your Farm to School Connection (wi.gov)

Wisconsin Farm to School​ Grant

The Wisconsin Farm to School Grant Program is open through 5 p.m. on Friday, February 2, 2024. DATCP will award a total of up to $250,000 in Farm to School grants.

“Lead Applicant Category" question clarification:

All projects must work with one or more of the following: K-12 school/school district, early childcare education (ECE) center, afterschool youth program, or other youth program that serves local food or provides agricultural/food education.

If the lead applicant is one of the four listed options, select the appropriate category. However, if the lead applicant is an eligible type as listed in the RFP (for ex. farm, non-profit organization, local food business, or governmental applicant), but not one of the four listed applicant types listed in the application, please select the category or categories of partners involved in the project.

For example if a non-profit organization, food hub or food service vendor is the main applicant, they would select all relevant categories of partners they will be working with on this project. So if they plan to work with an ECE and afterschool youth programs, then they would select those 2 options. If they plan on working with more or less, they would select the appropriate category or categories.  ​

2024 Wisconsin Farm to School Grant Request for Proposals (PDF)

2024 Wisconsin Farm to School Grant Application (Word Doc)

2024 Wisconsin Farm to School Grant News Release

Farm to School Grant Informational Webinar

An informational webinar was held on Thursday, January 11, 2024. The full recording is available online:​ 

​​The PowerPoint presentation from the webinar is available here.​

Farm to School​ Grant Office Hours

Friday, January 26, 2024

9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Join on ZoomGov​

Farm to School (F2S) initiatives are the practice of participating in and promoting the use of locally sourced foods in school meal programs. Key elements of F2S are engaging with procurement, nutrition education, and school gardens.

Farm to Early Care Education (F2ECE) initiatives are the practices of participating in and promoting the use of locally sourced foods in school meal programs. Key elements of F2ECE are engaging with procurement, nutrition education, and school gardens.

Farm to Institution initiatives is the practice of engaging and developing regional food system supply chains to provide local food to eaters through institutional kitchens such as corporate and college campuses, hospitals, and food banks.

​​Contact​

April Yancer, Farm to School and Institution Program Specialist​
april.yancer@wisconsin.gov