Monroe County Schools on the Go will host Local Produce: From Ground to School with farmer Josh Engel, co-owner of Driftless Organics in the three coalition districts in April.
Engel will speak about the 40-acre diversified vegetable farm and will cover their production practices from seed to market including information regarding their on-farm food safety practices, delivery systems and how they decide what to grow for which markets. He will conclude with some specific examples of their involvement in farm to school and talk about potential opportunities for the future.
Dates and times for events planned in the Tomah, Sparta and Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton school districts are:
Wednesday, April 3: 6:30 p.m., Brookwood High School library, 28861 Hwy. 131, Ontario
Wednesday, April 10: 6 p.m., Meadowview Schools cafetorium, 1225 N. Water St., Sparta
Wednesday, April 24: 6 p.m., Tomah High School cafeteria, 901 Lincoln Ave., Tomah
“Monroe County Schools on the Go is building a coalition of farmers, parents and community members who want to develop a strong farm to school effort in the Tomah, Sparta and Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton school districts. With the help of a Transform Wisconsin Food Systems Impact Grant, the group is working to improve nutrition practices and increase fruit and vegetable consumption for Monroe County children. This coalition is working to strengthen the local food system and increase the availability of healthy and affordable food in our communities,” Project Coordinator Autumn Grooms said.