Farm to School (F2S)


What is Farm to School?


The term farm to school encompasses efforts that bring local or regionally produced foods into school cafeterias and classrooms; hands on learning activities such as school gardening, farm visits, and culinary classes; and the integration of food-related education into classroom curriculum. Farm to school promotes the health of children, farms and communities by connecting schools to local farms that supply nutritious, fresh, and minimally processed foods.


There are a number of ways schools can implement farm to school programs. Research has shown that the most beneficial impacts occur through the implementation of comprehensive farm to school programs. However, impacts are seen at all levels of farm to school implementation, and even the smallest efforts can be a catalyst towards the broader movement. Comprehensive programs contain elements of strong local procurement, nutrition and agricultural education, hands-on learning, and school gardens but even beginning foundational programs are considered farm to school programs.


The United Stated Department of Agriculture and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction fully support farm to school efforts with research, training, technical assistance, and grant opportunities. 


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Farm to School Map

WI Farm to School Summit

2015 WI Farm to School Summit
Digging In: A Hands on Approach to Growing and Sustaining Farm to School 

8:30am - 4:30 pm
January 29, 2015
Hotel Mead, Wisconsin Rapids
Followed by the WI Local Food Summit January 30-31, 2015


DPI Farm to School Contacts


If you are interested in starting a Farm to School program at your school or district, please feel free to contact our Farm to School Specialists with questions. We also love sharing your success stories in our quarterly newsletter, so make sure to call or email Katherine or Angie with exciting updates on your Farm to School program!



Katherine Pike, RD, CD

Nutrition Program Consultant

School Nutrition Team

(608) 266-2410

Angie Farris, MA, RDN, CD

Public Health Nutritionist

School Nutrition Team

(608) 267-9206



For questions about this information, contact Angela Farris (608) 267-9206