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PdC School Board Farm to School 1 1 10


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presentation about the crawford county, WI farm-to-school program given to the Prairie du Chien school board - Feb 1, 2010

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PdC School Board Farm to School 1 1 10

  1. 1. Farm to School “Linking the Land with the Lunchroom”
  2. 2. Farm to School Programs <ul><li>Primary Goals : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Improve student diets by increasing offerings of fresh fruits and vegetables in school </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support local farms by creating additional markets for their products </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Takes many forms: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School gardens – learning & eating </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Food education in the classroom </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Field trips to gardens and farms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>School purchase foods direct from farms for special events, snacks, meals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Weekly snacks </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Children’s Health: Alarming Trends <ul><li>Diets are falling short of the mark </li></ul><ul><li>Obesity rates are skyrocketing </li></ul><ul><li>Desirable physical activity levels are not being met </li></ul><ul><li>Adult diseases are showing up in children </li></ul>
  4. 4. Benefits Of Farm to School Projects <ul><li>Increases quality food for students </li></ul><ul><li>Supports local farmers, local community, & local economy (positive public relations) </li></ul><ul><li>Lowers environmental impacts </li></ul>
  5. 5. Food Service Staff, size, budgeting, operations, rate of participation Suppliers Local farmers, food processors, distributors Project Coordination Funding Community Support Parents, volunteers Schools Administration, teachers, students, school board Climate Seasonal and Political
  6. 6. <ul><li>Fall 2007- Met with PdC Admin Team to introduce the idea </li></ul><ul><li>Met with key people including food service staff, parents, teachers, farmers </li></ul><ul><li>Spring 2008: Formed “Food-4-Thought” committee at B.A. Kennedy </li></ul>Farm to School in Crawford County
  7. 7. <ul><li>Core group of 10 people </li></ul><ul><li>Created 2 year workplan </li></ul><ul><li>Applied for and was awarded 2 Americorps volunteers for 2008-2009 school year and then again for the 2009-2010 to work thoughtout the County </li></ul><ul><li>- Nutrition educator </li></ul><ul><li>- Food procurement </li></ul>B.A. Kennedy Food-4-Thought
  8. 8. <ul><li>Wauzeka-Steuben - Formed spring 2009 with the local foods in the cafeteria and classroom lessons </li></ul><ul><li>Seneca – Began 1/10 with harvest of the month in the cafeteria and plans to add classroom lesson </li></ul><ul><li>Countywide oversight committee – Formed fall 2009 with representation from each school </li></ul>Countywide Food-4-Thought Expansion
  9. 9. <ul><li>Local procurement through the cafeteria when possible </li></ul><ul><li>Harvest of the Month </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Classroom lessons </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Local food in the cafeteria </li></ul></ul><ul><li>B.A. Kennedy Snack </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Healthy snack every Tuesday and Friday </li></ul></ul><ul><li>School Garden at B.A.Kennedy </li></ul>Food-4-Thought
  10. 10. <ul><li>For the 2008-2009 school year almost $18,000 was donated or raised for the program (not counting the snack program) </li></ul><ul><li>Already in the 2009-2010 school year, over 50 volunteers have helped with the program for a total of over 225 hours </li></ul>Community Support/Involvement
  11. 11. Community Donations
  12. 12. Local Melons at BA Kennedy Students gobbled up watermelon and cantaloupe from local farmers in September “ It was nice to have fresh fruit”
  13. 13. Sourcing Shihata’s Apples
  14. 14. September – Apples
  15. 15. October 2009 - Pumpkin & Their Kin
  16. 16. Wauzeka October Features <ul><li>Roasted garden veggies – zucchini, potatoes, carrots, peppers & onions </li></ul><ul><li>Gyros with cucumber sauce for a Greek theme lunch </li></ul><ul><li>Assorted baked squash </li></ul><ul><li>Butternut squash soup </li></ul><ul><li>Pumpkin soup </li></ul>
  17. 17. Pumpkin Soup Students are served soup from a pumpkin for Halloween “ The soup was awesome!!”
  18. 18. November 2009 & 2010 – Succotash & Cranberries – Historical Significant
  19. 19. Cranberries Tasty, Sweet Harvest from bog They are very tart Fruit  Drake Coleman 3rd Grade Bluffview   January 09 – Cranberries & Wetland Eco- Systems
  20. 20. January 2010 – Root vegetables
  21. 21. February 09 – Potatoes
  22. 22. March 09 – Goat Farming & Cheese Making
  23. 23. April 09 – Bees & Pollination
  24. 24. Grass Fed Beef Students gobbled up local grass fed burgers and visit with the farmer “ This was the best burger ever!”
  25. 25. BA Kennedy Snack Program – 2009-2010 <ul><li>Goal - Provide Kindergarten – 2 nd grade students with a fresh, local, healthy snack every Tuesday and Friday </li></ul><ul><li>Funding – Parents pay $10 per semester </li></ul><ul><li>Logistics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Food Service Director, Donna Heilmann sources and preps the food through the food service </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Snacks are placed in a designated fridge in the teacher workroom for the teacher to pick up </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parent volunteers help as needed </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Benefits of a School Garden <ul><li>Provides a context for understanding seasons and life cycles. </li></ul><ul><li>Creates an opportunity to work cooperatively and teach the value of meaningful work. </li></ul><ul><li>Improves nutrition and highlights healthy foods. </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrates where food really comes from. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages students to try new things including foods they may not eat at home. </li></ul><ul><li>Reinforces classroom curriculum across many subject areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages community involvement – neighbors, volunteers, parents, community businesses, and service organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>Teaches life skills. </li></ul><ul><li>Improves aesthetics around the school. </li></ul><ul><li>Gardens build a sense of pride, ownership, and accomplishment . </li></ul>
  27. 27. B.A. Kennedy School Garden from green space to growing space
  28. 28. Planting!
  29. 29. More Planting!
  30. 30. 4H Summer Partnership
  31. 31. All Done!
  32. 32. Harvest Hootenanny
  33. 33. <ul><li>The harvest of the month program impacts over 900 students in Crawford County per month </li></ul><ul><li>Over 250 children at B.A. Kennedy receive a healthy snack 2 times a week every week - & they love it </li></ul><ul><li>B.A. Kennedy student have a garden which provides snacks, education, exploration and fun </li></ul><ul><li>Already this school year, over 1000 lb of produce has been purchased locally for the schools </li></ul><ul><li>The food service directors say that they have seen an increase in the amount of fruits and vegetables the children are eat during lunch because of the program </li></ul>Impact
  34. 34. Tony Evers, State Superintendent, has chosen our Food -4-Thought program to receive the “Standing up for Rural Wisconsin” award to be given Feb. 22 in Madison