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  • I’m here today to tell you Farm to School is a Reality. It is an important piece of what we do in Child Nutrition. I belong to a coalition of Monroe Country Schools – Tomah, Sparta and the Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton School Districts formed a coalition in the Farm to School movement. This is our logo. I will be talking more about our coalition in my presentation.
  • But First – The HHFKA was essential in getting grant money to public schools. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) of 2010 marked a great win for our nation’s kids. This landmark legislation, for the first time in over 30 years, secured historic reforms to school meals and the entire school food environment. HHFKA ensures that students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week; • Increased offerings of whole grain-rich foods; products must be 51% or more whole grain; • Offer only fat-free or low-fat milk is offered; • Calories are limited based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size; • There is an increased focus on reducing the amounts of saturated fat, zero trans fats, added sugars, and sodium.  
  • To help with the cost of these mandates the Sparta Area School District Nutrition Program wrote five grants and unbelievably received all five grants. The Transform WI and the USDA Farm to School Grants were coalition based grants.
  • Partnership with MOGO – Monroe On the GO - Monroe County Health Department helped to write this grant for Sparta High School. Salad Bar Sponsors are companies, organizations and individuals who are helping to bring salad bars into our schools across the nation.
  • Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending hunger in southwestern Wisconsin in 16 counties. It is one of 200 members of Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. The grant purchased cold and hot plates for holding and transporting food, a dunnage rack for pulling food products and a utility cart for food preparation. FREE SUMMER MEALS in Sparta due to the economic status of 50% or more of the students qualifying for free or reduced meals.
  • Goal of the FFVP Expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience Increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption Make a difference in children’s diets to impact their present and future health The Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 known as the Farm Bill added the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program in 2008 nationwide.
  • Transform WI grants are administered by the Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Services and funded by a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant through the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The grants were awarded for promoting healthy, local food in our schools, opportunities for physical activity in our communities, and smoke-free living. Monroe county received the farm to school and smoke free tobacco grants. Autumn Grooms/Project Coordinator for Transform WI Impact Grant
  • In April four of us from the coalition went to Washington DC to the USDA headquarters for a Planning Grant Meeting. Topics will included: How to procure local foods in accordance with regulations, Promoting F2S programs to students, Communities and the Media, Food safety in the kitchen, in the garden and on the farm.
  • Go after the money, resources and opportunities
  • Grant writers pay for themselves.
  • The Tomah, Sparta, Norwalk-Wilton-Ontario school districts have an enrollment of over 6,500 students. Approximately 50% of them qualify for free or reduced meals.
  • Brought in Chef Monique Hooker – presented on fresh root veggies and did a taste testing at all three school districts. Red Beets, Yellow Beets, Turnips, Rutabagas'
  • Elementary and High School students were involved in the tasting.
  • Strawberry, Mandarin Spinach Salad w/Poppyseed Dressing Roasted Kale Chips
  • Put together educational material for students to take home on Harvest of the Month
  • Purchased t-shirts for staff, big moral booster.
  • Supply to over 700 CSA’s. Community Sustained Agriculture Josh Engel came to all three districts and talked about organic farming and the produce they grow.
  • Growums teaches children how to grow vegetables and herbs from seed to harvest! Herbs – Baby Basil, Tomas - Tomato, Eggbert - Eggplant
  • Classsroom presentations on how to start your growum. These growums were for students gardens at home. Garden plots, garden beds or container gardens.
  • Gardens are at select sites in all three districts.
  • Cultivating and tilling the garden.
  • Lumber to make the boxes.
  • Four Raised Bed, Five Ground Beds and a Ground Plot
  • Due to RAIN, the garden was planted Friday June 14 th , we had a nice turn out of families to help.
  • Many children came to help.
  • Even babies….
  • Moving Dirt
  • Filling beds
  • These jalapeno plants were donated by high school ag students. They will be the first produce picked from the garden. We hope our chef will be able to make a salsa for kids try using them and the tomatoes we planted.
  • Watering during non-rain days…….
  • Our school greenhouse and our local Sparta Floral helped to raise our starter plants.
  • You will have pests to deal with. Moles don’t harm the plants, they are looking for grubs.
  • Local Farmer – Hamilton Farms will be presenting how to make fresh salsa and tasting. We will have interactive Growums games on I-pads for children to interact with. We will have media material, peelers and scrubbers to hand out as well. Ag Teachers are getting hydroponics developed through the Transform Grant. Chef Jason Boris has been hired to go help prepare harvest of the month/do taste tests and staff training. He will also prepare You Tube videos for educational HOM pieces.
  • We were able to align our purchasing with 5 th Season through Reinhart FoodService as a secondary supplier. The challenge is the volume of produce that we purchase for our schools. Our coalition has put in orders with 5 th Season for the fall 0f 2013. Apples, Pole Beans, Beets, Carrots, Snow Peas, Kale Kohlriabi, Romaine Lettuce, Cherry Tomatoes, Turnips, Asparagus, Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts.
  • You can make it a reality! 
  • Farm to school 101 thesing

    1. 1. 1 Farm to School 101Farm to School 101
    2. 2. 2 Healthy, Hunger - Free Kids ActHealthy, Hunger - Free Kids Act of 2010of 2010 Menus will reflect: Variety of Entrée Choices Variety of Fruits Variety of Vegetables Variety of Milk Choices Whole Grain Breads & Buns Dessert Choices (limited
    3. 3. 3 Sparta School District Nutrition ProgramSparta School District Nutrition Program Recipient of Five GrantsRecipient of Five Grants Salad Bars to School Grant Second Harvest Foodbank Grant USDA Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program Grant Transform WI – Food Systems Impact Grant USDA Farm to School Grant
    4. 4. 4 Salad Bars to School GrantSalad Bars to School Grant $5,000 – 2 fully furnished salad bars
    5. 5. 5 Second Harvest Foodbank of SouthernSecond Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin Summer Feeding GrantWisconsin Summer Feeding Grant Summer Feeding Program $3,000 for Equipment/Labor
    6. 6. 6 Fresh Fruit and VegetableFresh Fruit and Vegetable Program GrantProgram Grant Lawrence Lawson Elementary Fresh produce snacks served 3 days per week $12,500 – Grant distributed on need first Free & Reduced Rate 66%
    7. 7. 7 Transform WI – Impact GrantTransform WI – Impact Grant $160,000 Collaborative grant between Sparta/Tomah/Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Strengthening farm to school programs so Wisconsin students have access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
    8. 8. 8 USDA Farm to School GrantUSDA Farm to School Grant  $35,985 Planning Grant – Farm to School  The Planning Grant will help us look at best practices in Farm to School.  Wisconsin Farm to School encourages healthy lifestyles in children and helps support and strengthen local economies by expanding markets for Wisconsin producers.  This is a coalition grant between Sparta/Tomah/Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton school districts.
    9. 9. 9 Farm to SchoolFarm to School Farm to school programs are being developed to connect schools (K-12) and local farms with the objective of serving healthy/local meals in school cafeterias.
    10. 10. 10 Farm to School 101Farm to School 101 How To Get Started?How To Get Started? Look at GRANT Opportunities….. GRANTS. GOV (Search – Farm to School) Wisconsin DPI Website Wisconsin Child Nutrition Programs Online Services Grants Tab on Left Side of Web Page
    11. 11. 11 Getting StartedGetting Started Does your district have a grant writer? Your district can pay to have an independent grant writer help you get started!
    12. 12. 12 Write the Grant / Get SupportWrite the Grant / Get Support Tomah, Sparta, Norwalk-Wilton-Ontario
    13. 13. 13 Build a list of CoalitionBuild a list of Coalition MembersMembers School Community – Administrators/Staff Community Members/Organizations County Health Department Community Food Shelters/Pantry’s Local Churches Master Gardeners FFA Students and Alumni
    14. 14. 14 Hire a Project CoordinatorHire a Project Coordinator Autumn Grooms – THANK YOU… (Autumn is the Communication’s Coordinator for the Sparta School District.)
    15. 15. 15 Farm to SchoolFarm to School What we have done so far?
    16. 16. 16 Educating how good freshEducating how good fresh raw vegetables taste…raw vegetables taste…
    17. 17. 17 Harvest of the MonthHarvest of the Month Spinach Salad Kale Chips
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    19. 19. 19 AdvertiseAdvertise HOMHOM on the lunch menuon the lunch menu ~ Introducing ~ Harvest of the Month Kale
    20. 20. 20 Engage Staff
    21. 21. 21 Driftless OrganicsDriftless Organics 40 Acre Farm40 Acre Farm
    22. 22. 22 GrowumsGrowums
    23. 23. 23 GrowumsGrowums
    24. 24. 24 Farm To SchoolFarm To School What we are currently doing! School Garden
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    26. 26. 26 Lumber for raised beds and ground beds.
    27. 27. 27 Four Raised Beds Five Ground Beds
    28. 28. 28 Planting Day June 14, 2013
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    35. 35. 35 What’s in the garden?What’s in the garden?  Tomatoes  Green Peppers  Hot Peppers  Cabbage  Broccoli  Cantaloupe  Watermelon  Summer Squash
    36. 36. 36 Moles Will problems arise?
    37. 37. 37 Farm to SchoolFarm to School Where are we headed? Monroe County Fair Salsa Tasting/Interactive I-Pad Games/Media Material Hydroponics – Lettuce in the Cafeteria Hired Chef Jason Boris
    38. 38. 38 Salsa, Peelers, Scrubbers and Media Material
    39. 39. 39 The Fifth Season Cooperative, founded in August 2010, is co-owned by farmers, distributors, buyers, producer groups, workers, and processors within a 150-mile radius of Viroqua, and organizers are calling its first year of operation a success. The cooperative produces and distributes locally grown produce, meats, dairy and value-added food products to institutional and foodservice buyers from farms and regional processors through its distribution member, Reinhart FoodService. Fifth Season Cooperative Use your resources, it can be a challenge to buy local.
    40. 40. 40 WHY WAIT? Begin your Farm to School Journey…
    41. 41. 41 Farm to SchoolFarm to School