October is National Farm to School Month! Fort HealthCare along with area schools and organizations are celebrating by acknowledging local school garden and nutrition efforts and participating in the Great Lake Great Apple Crunch throughout the month!
Register your school or organization in the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch at www.cias.wisc.edu/applecrunch today!
Learn more about Farm to School efforts happening throughout Wisconsin at www.farmtoschool.org/our-network/Wisconsin.
The Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch is designed to gain one million crunchers in the month of October, specifically Thursday, October 13th at noon. To crunch, purchase an apple from a local orchard or grocery store, take a bite, take a picture, share it on Facebook with #F2SMonth, #GreatAppleCrunch16, and #HealthiestHereWeCome, and tag the local orchards, stores, people, and organizations who participated and contributed. That’s it!
The 2016-17 AmeriCorps Farm to School member is equipped to provide your school with any nutrition education it needs. Please contact Alicia.Brunk@cesa2.org to show your interest.
Fort HealthCare’s Community Coalitions are paving the way through partnerships and support for their school’s gardens. To learn more about the Coalitions, visit FortHealthCare.com/Community-Coalitions.
Lake Mills Elementary School Garden’s first season was a success with many community partners, including the Jefferson County Master Gardeners, and families supporting throughout the summer. They ended the season with a Garden Harvest party and potluck hosted by the Lake Mills Wellness Coalition with dishes featuring produce straight from the garden.
Barrie Elementary School Garden had another successful year thanks to its parents and families involved through the after-school garden club. Harvest events take place in September and October.
LINCS Elementary School Garden is led by a former AmeriCorps Farm to School member and garden enthusiast. Kids are frequently brought out to the garden to not only learn where fresh produce comes from, but to respect the garden in its entirety.
Jefferson West Elementary School Garden and We Grow Garden Club is supported by the Jefferson United Motivating People to Wellness (JUMP) Coalition and Jefferson County Master Gardeners.
UW-W Campus Garden grew and provided the Whitewater Food Pantry over 1,000 pounds of produce! The Campus Garden is sustained by the University’s Sustainability Office and student organizations such as Students Allied for a Greener Earth (SAGE).
Connect with Fort HealthCare’s Community Health and Wellness Department to make your Farm to School stories known! Form coming soon. In the meantime, call 920-568-5244.