Farm to School & Institution Program

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

The Wisconsin Departm​ent of Agriculture, Trade and C​onsumer Protecti​on (DATCP) Agricultural Development Division provides services through a Farm to School and Institution Specialist and DATCP programs 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.

Farm to School is an international movement calling to support our local producers in p​​roviding a bounty for nutritious school meals and snacks for all.​

Wisconsin Farm to School

After many years of a statewide grassroots efforts, Wisconsin Act 293 established a DATCP Farm to School Program which formalized and provided structure to Wisconsin Farm to School and created the Wisconsin Farm to School Advisory Council.

The Wisconsin Farm to School Advisory Cou​ncil members are nominated and appointed by the Secretary of DATCP. The council is comprised of 13 individuals working in various sectors that advance farm to school including agricultural and local food supply chain leaders, child health and nutrition profess​ionals, school food service authorities, educators, and community leaders. 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 ​93.49 (5)​.​

Wisconsin Farm to School Advisory Council Members​​​​

Farm to School Advisory Council Nomination Form

Note: For a PDF copy of the 2019-2020 Wisconsin Farm to School Annual Report, click here​. 


April Yancer, Farm to School and Institution Program Specialist​​ or