March Richland FIT Buzz

Check out the latest Richland FIT news in our March newsletter. Highlights include:

  • Harvest of the Month expanding to the Richland Hospital Cafeteria
  • Minutes in Motion Spring Activity Challenge
  • A NEW Community Garden in Richland Center
  • and More!!!


March 2015

Richland County Local Food Review

We completed our first calendar year of procuring local produce for the Richland County Farm to School program with many successes, challenges and new opportunities. We reflected on 2014 and are excited for what 2015 will bring!

The Richland County Local Food Review looks at the impact of the program on serving local produce in the Richland School District, the Richland County Senior Nutrition Program and at UW Richland . It also shows the impact on the local food economy and the amount of money going into the hands of local growers.

As the program continues to evolve we are looking for more growers to get involved so please share, tweet or ‘like’ this post so we can reach all potential growers in our area.

Richland County Local Food Review

If you would like to grow for the Farm to School Program please contact Jen Duhr, or 608-649-5766



Save the Date !!

Mark your calendars for Friday, February 20th for the Candlelit Polar Pine Trail Trek! Hike or snowshoe the Pine River marsh trails and warm up after with some hot chocolate.

More information in the February Richland FIT BUZZ .


First Snowshoe Adventure Day Delayed

We were looking forward to our first Snowshoe Adventure Day of the season but with a lack of snowfall and anticipated warmer weather (thus no chance of snow in the next couple days) we are going to cancel the outing planned for this Sunday at 1:00 pm. Depending on snow and interest we will try to reschedule for another date in January or February.

The next scheduled date is January 11 at 1:00 pm meeting in the Symons Parking Lot. To reserve a pair of snowshoes call Dana Fischer at 608-649-5968 .


Richland County Celebrates Farm to School with a Crunch!

On Friday October 24 during lunch Jefferson and Dounda Elementary Schools will be crunching into local Oakwood apples to celebrate Food Day and National Farm to School Month! Fall is harvest time in Wisconsin and a great time to think about all the produce that is grown in our communities and the hard work of farmers.

According to the USDA Farm to School Census and the Wisconsin Farm to School Food Service Survey 55% of schools in Wisconsin have a Farm to School program. The Richland School District is settling into the 2nd year of their Farm to School program which includes classroom education, taste-testing of Harvest of the Month items and new this year an emphasis on  including local Harvest of the Month items on the menu.

When the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch was announced as way to celebrate Farm to School in Wisconsin, Richland County Farm to School jumped on board. Last Thursday Alice in Dairyland came to Richland Center and crunched into Oakwood Cortland apples with students from Lincoln, and 4th and 5th graders at Jefferson and Dounda. Tomorrow all students at Jefferson and Dounda will get to participate in the Great Apple Crunch during the lunch hour.

To get involved with the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch post a picture of you crunching into a local apple to the Richland FIT Facebook page!

3 Cheers for Farm to School, Local Farmers and Delicious Apples!!!