Tomah students learn first hand where their food comes from

Tomah students learn first hand where their food comes from

Check out this story from Farmer Jake Wedeberg’s visit to Lemonweir Elementary in Tomah! A big thank you to WKBT for stopping out!


The Two Bite Club

The Two Bite Club

This downloadable book from the USDA’s Team Nutrition encourages children to try new foods.

Monroe County Schools on the Go Celebrates Farm to School Month

Monroe County Schools on the Go is celebrating October as Farm to School month with student taste tests, farmer visits to schools and a community and school gardening workshop. 

Students are tasting roasted squash, potatoes and carrots; apple salad; local watermelon, and dried cranberry cherry craisins, among other items. 

Farmer Jake Wedeberg who works on his family’s century farm near Gays Mills, Wis., presented at schools in the three coalition districts Oct. 22 and 24. The farm has been certified organic for 22 years and he and his brother are proud and excited to be fifth generation organic farmers. 

Wedeberg’s interactive presentation included cow milking, a bean bag toss, butter making and taste testing. At Lakeview Elementary in Sparta, he was joined by Farm to School Chef Jason Boris and Community Health Education Specialist Jess Shown for additional taste tests and activities. 

The presentation and taste tastings are part of the coalition’s efforts to increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption in Monroe County. Through a Transform Wisconsin Food Systems Impact grant,  Monroe County Schools on the go is working to create a sustainable food system by developing and implementing a strong farm to school effort in the Tomah, Sparta and Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton school districts.

The school and community garden workshop Oct. 24 at the Barney Center in Sparta was well attended. Beth Hanna from Community GroundWorks led the session and provided insight into the best practices for school and community gardening.Image

 

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School garden workshop Oct. 24 with Beth Hanna from Community GroundWorks

Monroe County Schools on the Go will host a school garden workshop from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Barney Center in Sparta.

Beth Hanna from the Wisconsin School Garden Initiative at Community GroundWorks will lead the training that will include information on garden sustainability and farm to school.

“We are excited to be bringing Beth Hanna to Monroe County. She has great knowledge of creating sustainable school and community gardens and will be able to help us move the projects we have started toward becoming more sustainable,” said Autumn Grooms, project coordinator for Monroe County Schools on the Go. “Having installed school gardens at Tomah, Sparta and Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton schools through the Transform Wisconsin grant our coalition received, it is important that we look at ways to maintain them and make sure they are providing educational opportunities into the future.”

Those interested in gardening – especially school and community gardens – are encouraged to attend this free workshop. Please contact Grooms at (608) 269-3151 or email agrooms@spartan.org for more information or to register.

The Wisconsin School Garden Initiative is a three-year project of Community GroundWorks, which seeks to employ youth gardening and garden-based education to improve child health outcomes. At the end of the three years, the initiative intends to launch an ongoing Wisconsin School Garden Network as an independent body.

The Wisconsin School Garden Initiative builds off the success of the Got Dirt? Gardening Initiative and is funded by the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.