​​​​Wisconsin Farm to School Advisory Council

The WI Farm to School Advisory Council was established by Act 293 and it members serve as ambassadors for farm to school efforts across the state; help the Farm to School Leadership Group and Steering Committee prioritize statewide farm to school goals and programming; and advise future state-level policy and strategy related to farm to school.

Current members are:

Krista Knigge, WI Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Charles (Chuck) Warzecha, WI Department of Health Services

Jessica Sharkus, WI Department of Public Instruction

Mike Gasper, President, WI School Nutrition Association

Jim Degan, Janesville School District

Chris Blakeney, Amazing Grace Family Farm

Amy Meinen, healthTIDE

Daithi Wolfe, Kids Forward

Cathy Statz, WI Farmers Union

Nancy Dorman, WI Association of School Boards

Amber Canto, UW Extension

Cynthia Holt, Holt Community Consulting and Fort Farmers Market

John Dettman, University of Wisconsin Athletics

Wisconsin Farm to School Leadership Group

The Wisconsin Farm to School Leadership Group is comprised of community, county, and state leaders from across Wisconsin who are actively engaged in growing farm to school efforts around the state.  The group meets monthly via teleconference, with two in-person meetings per year.

Wisconsin Farm to School Steering Committee

Farm to school is made possible through strong inter-agency partnerships.  The WI Farm to School Steering Committee is comprised of employees from the WI Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection; the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems; the WI Department of Public Instruction; and the Wisconsin School Garden Initiative at Community Groundworks. 

WI Act 293

Act 293 establishes farm to school to mean a program to connect schools with nearby farms to provide with locally produced fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, and other nutritious, locally produced foods in school breakfasts, lunches, and snacks; help children develop healthy eating habits; provide nutritional and agricultural education; and improve farmers' incomes and direct access to markets.

 

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