Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Wisconsin Farm to School Summit in Wisconsin Rapids. I am the only Wisconsinite in our group of RC’s and would love to be involved in Farm to School in the state of Wisconsin after my service is done, so I figured there would be no better opportunity to network with others involved in Farm to School than this summit.
It was wonderful getting to hear from Deborah Kane, the National Director of Farm to School for the USDA. She informed the group how many schools in Wisconsin are involved in Farm to School in some capacity (59% as of a couple of years ago), what resources the USDA has for schools, and the goals the USDA has for this program in the coming years. Because I’m in my Decorah bubble most of the time, I tend to forget about what is being done across the country to promote local food and healthy eating for students. It’s fantastic to be reminded that there is so much going on and that there are people with strong voices (thanks Michelle Obama!) leading the charge towards wellness in schools.
Overall it was an inspiring day. I met so many people filled with great ideas about bringing
local food to students and who have so much energy and passion for Farm to School. I can’t wait to see what great things come out of my home state and hopefully I’ll be able to be a part of it in the future!