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!!!