Farm to School


Students Support Local Farmers, Schools in Fundraiser
Daily Tribune Media • January 8, 2014


Get Active Helps Students, Residents Improve Health
Daily Tribune Media • December 30, 2013


Local Farmer Donates Cranberries to Schools, Pantries
Daily Tribune Media • December 25, 2013


School Wellness Groups can use Volunteers
Daily Tribune Media • December 3, 2013


Local Schools Lead Statewide Farm to School Movement
Daily Tribune Media • October 17, 2013


School Menus Loaded with Local Foods
Daily Tribune Media • September 19, 2013


School Lunches Offer Better Choices for Students
Daily Tribune Media • August 15, 2013


Healthy Kids
Daily Tribune Media • June 7, 2013


Local Cranberries Come to Port Edwards Schools
Daily Tribune Media • February 27, 2013


Local Foods Business Owner to Speak
Daily Tribune Media • February 24, 2013


Humke students celebrate with local farmer
Daily Tribune Media • January 22, 2013

While many local residents made New Year's resolutions to eat healthier, it's Wood County students who are walking the walk.


Marshfield Chefs Move to Schools
Marshfield News-Herald • December 13, 2012

Marshfield chefs showed students at Washington Elementary School how easy eating healthy can be.


Wisconsin Brings Farm Food to the Schools - and Keeps the Dollars Local - Rob Waters, Contributor

Wood County, WI may be the largest producer of cranberries in the world, but in many parts of this rural county, it can be hard to find fresh fruits and vegetables at the store.


The Weight of the Nation 
Daily Tribune Media • September 15, 2012


Wood County schools team up with local farmers

Michelle Goetsch • Marshfield News Herald • August 28, 2012 
Michelle Goetsch • Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune • August 28, 2012

In preparation for the 2012-13 school year’s Get Active Wood County Farm to School Program, local school food service directors have pre-ordered more than 10,000 pounds of local and Wisconsin grown produce. Students will find the healthy, local foods in their school cafeterias beginning in September.


McDill Elementary School students learn benefits of eating locally grown food

Nathan Vine • Stevens Point Journal • June 27, 2012 

Summer school students at McDill Elementary School were given the opportunity Tuesday to learn about buying and eating locally produced food. 


Howe School expands gardens again

Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune • June 1, 2012 

Marshfield News Herald • June 1, 2012

Three years ago, a team of teachers went to a "Got Dirt?" training tolearn about school-community gardens and how a
garden can help build healthy lifestyles and eating habits for people.


Wood County schoolchildren try local cheese

Michelle Goetsch - Marshfield News Herald - May 25, 2012

Michelle Goetsch - Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune - May 25, 2012

Wood County schools have become leaders in addressing a growing national health concern: childhood obesity.


Students enjoy school-grown produce

Michelle Goetsch • Marshfield News Herald • April 24, 2012

Michelle Goetsch • Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune • April 27, 2012

Before most backyard gardeners have dug their hands into the dirt, kids across Wood County already are harvesting the first fresh produce of spring -- spinach.


Wood County schools celebrate state fruit: cranberry

Michelle Goetsch • Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune • March 21, 2012

Michelle Goetsch • Marshfield News Herald • March 27, 2012

As winter turns to spring during March, kids in Wood County schools are digging into the fruits of one of Wisconsin's most bountiful fall harvests: cranberries.

Renowned chef leads workshop

Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune • Feb. 29, 2012

Marshfield News Herald • Feb. 29, 2012

Culinary pioneer Chef Monique Hooker traveled to Marshfield High School on Feb. 8 to lead a workshop in knife training and other essential culinary skills for the entire Marshfield School District food service staff.


School lunches feature local produce

Michelle Goetsch • Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune • Feb. 2, 2012

Michelle Goetsch • Marshfield News Herald • Feb. 2, 2012

For more than a year, students at Wood County public school districts have had the opportunity to taste local produce during their lunch periods. The goal of the taste tests was to introduce local foods to students and food service staff with hope of making them a mainstay on school lunch menus.


Wood County schools taste test local, fresh produce

Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune • Dec. 21, 2011

Marshfield News Herald • Dec. 21, 2011

The Get Active Wood County Farm to School program has been tackling the issue of obesity in central Wisconsin with six fun-filled local produce taste tests for students this month. Students at Marshfield, Port Edwards, Nekoosa, Wisconsin Rapids and Pittsville Schools enjoyed fresh carrots from local grower Cathy Guth, of Guth Farm in Bancroft, to sample in their cafeteria lunch lines.


Auburndale students learn to make sausage

Laura Dickman, Michelle Goetsch • WRDT • Dec. 15, 2011

Laura Dickman, Michelle Goetsch • Mfld News Herald • Dec. 15, 2011


School District Gives Kids More Healthy Options

WSAW • December 6, 2011

Marshfield parents who have a hard time getting their kids to eat fruits and vegetables may be getting some help from the school district.

Pittsville students visit farms

Beth Hanna • Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune • Nov. 10, 2011  

Beth Hanna • Marshfield News-Herald • Nov. 10, 2011

Seventh-grade students at Pittsville Elementary School traded the classroom for the farm field as they took part in a Farm Tour field trip featuring time at two local farms, Mead Wildlife Area and Dairy State Cheese.At the first stop on the trip, students listened to Vespertine Gardens farmer Craig Tormoen talk about the importance of eating local food. Reasons included on Tormoen's list were benefits for our health, environment and local economy.

Got Dirt?

The VOICE of Wisconsin Rapids • September 16, 2011

St. Lawrence Early Childhood Center invites teachers, childcare providers and afterschool program providers to “Got Dirt?” training workshop Sept. 26.

“Got Dirt?”, a statewide program that trains participants how to start and maintain a youth garden, will holding their presentation from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.