What is Farm to School?
The term farm to school encompasses efforts that bring local or regionally produced foods into school cafeterias and classrooms; hands on learning activities such as school gardening, farm visits, and culinary classes; and the integration of food-related education into classroom curriculum. Farm to school promotes the health of children, farms and communities by connecting schools to local farms that supply nutritious, fresh, and minimally processed foods.
There are a number of ways schools can implement farm to school programs. Research has shown that the most beneficial impacts occur through the implementation of comprehensive farm to school programs. However, impacts are seen at all levels of farm to school implementation, and even the smallest efforts can be a catalyst towards the broader movement. Comprehensive programs contain elements of strong local food procurement, nutrition and agricultural education, hands-on learning, and school gardens but even beginning foundational programs are considered farm to school programs.
Goals of Wisconsin Farm to School:
Strengthen local economies by expanding markets for Wisconsin agricultural producers and food entrepreneurs.
Promote children’s health by providing fresh and minimally processed foods in schools and supporting the development of healthy eating habits.
Increase children’s and communities’ knowledge about agriculture, food, nutrition and the environment.
To see if your area is involved, view an interactive
map of school district participation in the Wisconsin Farm to School program.
Note: Questions related to the 2017-18 Service Year should be directed to: AmeriCorpsF2S@dpi.wi.gov