What is Farm to School?
Farm to School programs support the health of Wisconsin children, farms and communities by connecting schools with local farms that supply fresh, healthy, and minimally processed foods. reTH!NK is partnering with Winnebago County schools to implement Farm to School programs, beginning with the Oshkosh Area School District. Farm to School has now expanded into the Omro Area School District, the Winneconne School District, the Neenah Joint School District, and Menasha School Disctict in addition to the Oshkosh Area School Disctrict. Programs include school gardens, nutrition education, food sampling events, and procuring locally grown produce for the school meals program. You can also check out the National Farm to School Network for more resources!
Goals of Wisconsin Farm to School
- Promote children's health by providing fresh, healthy and minimally processed foods in schools and supporting the development of healthy eating habits.
- Strengthen children's and communities' knowledge about, and attitudes toward agriculture, food, nutrition, and the environment.
- Strengthen local economies by expanding markets for Wisconsin agricultural producers and food entrepreneurs.
re:TH!NK and Growing Oshkosh are working together to introduce school gardens into Oshkosh Area Schools Districts and beyond. Growing Oshkosh implemented more than 59 garden beds in schools around the county. We recently celebrated local food and gardens at the Harvest Festival at Growing Oshkosh's urban farm. Currently, re:TH!NK and Growing Oshkosh are consulting on potential schools gardens in Omro.
Our Farm to School AmeriCorps member visits schools around the county to promote health eating and lifestyles, and knowledge about food. The Farm to School AmeriCorps member delivers lessons with activities about many different topics including Healthy Eating habits, Culture Through Food, Digestion, Reading Nutrition labels and more. By teaching students at a younger age to learn healthy habits and to appreciate food, we are hoping to improve overall health for in the community.
Local Food Tastings
We work with local farmers and food service directors around the county to promote eating local foods in schools. Why not get tasty and nutritious food from the farmer down the road? We've sampled multi-colored potatoes, apples, carrots, tomatoes, and more throughout the years. We strive to get more local food in, and have more local food tastings for this school year as well.
For more information about the Farm to School program in Winnebago County,