By Tim Kowols
Schools in northeast Wisconsin are connecting students with farmers during their lunch hours. Farm-to-School programs help get fresh, healthy food to students from local producers. At the Sturgeon Bay School District, the food service department uses a portion of their funds to buy locally grown apples, pears, potatoes, and other produce items. Sturgeon Bay School District Food Service Director Jenny Spude says not only are farm-to-school initiatives good for developing healthy eating habits and good relationships with farmers, it is good for the local economy as well.
Spude hopes the department will be able to use greens grown in a planned, on-campus greenhouse sometime next year. This Thursday, schools in Door and Kewaunee County will celebrate National Farm to School Month with the Great Lakes Apple Crunch when students will bite into apples grown at local orchards.