Farm to School in Port Edwards, Wisconsin
F2S History and Logistics
- Joined the Wood County Farm to School program in 2010 as one of two pilot schools willing to hold taste tests in District Elementary/Jr. high school.
- District of 2 schools, 359 students in 2014
- National school lunch and breakfast programs in every school.
- In the 2013/2014 school year, Port Edward district used 1943 pounds of local food in the school cafeteria ($2598 purchased and $110 donated) including: melons, apples (whole and sliced), green pepper, cucumber, zucchini, tomatoes (cherry and slicers), winter squash, green beans, potatoes (whole and diced), Fall Veggie Mix, Harvest Medley, onions, cabbage and carrot shreds, carrot coins and sticks, sweet potato sticks, lettuce, hot dogs.
- High School greenhouse provides fresh produce for cafeteria use, including greens, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers.
Classroom education (elementary and secondary)
- HS Biology class and special needs class have grown produce in school greenhouse 2008 to present.
- Seventh grade science starts seed for campus gardens - 2014
- Third to Fifth grade classes participated in Farm to School classroom monthly education lessons - 2011 to 2013
Student Field Trips and Farmers Visits to School
- Sessions within Earth Day Celebration included Joel Kuehnhold from Lonely Oak Farm, “Keepin’ it Local: How to buy locally grown food” and others included organic and nutrition information.
Additional programs supporting Farm to School in Port Edwards district
- High School Ecology Club holds Local Food Fundraiser each fall.
- Each spring the HS Ecology Club hosts a conference to celebrate Earth Day for the middle school and high school. This includes session about sustainable farming and the meal is the locally sourced.
School gardens and greenhouses
- High school garden and greenhouse
For more information please contact Sue Anderson, Wood County Farm to School coordinator or:
Cheryl Routten or Lisa Moen – Co-team leaders of food service
Kristi Hawk and Jeanne Bruener – John Edwards High School Ecology Club advisors
Matt Brinkman – High school staff in charge of greenhouse