Farm to School in Nekoosa, Wisconsin
F2S History and Logistics
- Joined the Wood County Farm to School program in winter 2011 when it started F2S classroom education lessons for the 4th and 5th grade classrooms at Alexander Middle School (AMS) and initiated taste tests in the AMS cafeteria
- District of 3 schools, 1252 students in 2014
- National school lunch and breakfast programs in every school.
- In the 2013/2014 ‘ year, Nekoosa district district use 3372 pounds of local food in their school cafeteria ($2550 purchased and $103 donated), including melons, tomatoes, cucumber, apples, peppers, broccoli, onion, potatoes, carrot coins, pumpkin, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, locally made breads.
- Food Service Director sources local foods for both school cafeteria use and special event use.
Classroom education (elementary and secondary)
- Third to fifth grade classes participated in Farm to School classroom monthly education lessons - 2011 to 2013
- Lessons in Culinary Arts class led by Food Service Director - Winter 2014
- Nutrition/Agriculture lessons to 8th grade Health Class at AMS with UW Stevens Point intern Spring 2014
Student Field Trips and Farmers Visits to School
- Culinary Arts students visited Madison Culinary Arts college in Spring 2014
- Farmer visit to Humke elementary school in Winter 2013 during carrot day celebration
Additional programs supporting Farm to School in Nekoosa District
- Carrot day celebration in January 2013 at Humke elementary school. Included video of Wood County carrot procurement process and visits from local farmers, local processors.
- Cook from scratch demos and meals open to community members starting in April 2014. Includes local foods in each part of the meal. Led by school food service director.
- Farm to School table at Kindergarten registration day.
- Farm to school table at Back to School night in August at Humke Elementary school 2011 to present
School gardens and greenhouses
- Humke Elementary
- Alexander Middle School
- Starting new school/community garden in spring 2014
For more information please contact Sue Anderson, Wood County Farm to School coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Andres – Food Service Director email@example.com
Katie Peters –Student and Community Outreach Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org