Farm to School

Farm to School in Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

F2S History and Logistics

  • Joined the Wood County Farm to School program in 2011 by holding taste tests in Howe Elementary school cafeteria
  • District of 12 schools,  5276 students in 2014
  • National school lunch and breakfast programs in every school, USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable program in 3 elementary schools in 2014



  • In the 2013/2014 school year, WR district used 10,942 pounds of local foods in their school cafeteria ($6915 purchased and $205 in donated product), including melons, apples, potatoes, sweet potato sticks, carrot sticks, shredded zucchini and shredded carrots for muffins, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers,  sweetened dried cranberries, fresh cranberries, shredded cabbage  and a vegetable Harvest Medley.
  • High School greenhouse provides fresh spinach for cafeteria use.
  • Some elementary school gardens provide occasional produce for use in school cafeterias or classroom snacks.

Classroom education (elementary and secondary) 

  • Strong F2S component in High School Agriculture classes

o   Presented at Wisconsin Local Food Summit and F2S Summit 2012 and 2013

o   Creating grow carts to use in district Elementary schools 2014

o   Grows spinach and lettuce in school greenhouse for HS cafeteria use 2010 to present

o   Built processing kitchen in ag classroom with CPPW grant money 2011

o   Washed tons of carrots for Wood County F2S program on greenhouse tables 2012 -2013

o   Participated in educational F2S event at area elementary school 2013

  • Farm to School Classroom Education at Vesper Elementary 2010 – 2012
  • Farm to School Classroom Education at Mead Charter School 4th grade Spring 2014
  • Celebration of Food Day, Oct. 2013 at Mead Charter School with 4th grade local food play and all school applesauce taste test.  Evening family celebration included local foods education.

Additional programs supporting Farm to School in Wisconsin Rapids district

  • Nutritious delicious 4th grade curriculum Washington Elementary
  • Culinary Arts teacher sent student teams to ProStart®  competitions and used local chef as mentor.  Management Team from 2011 took first in State with a restaurant concept that was based on applying the local food culture to the classic theme of a supper club.

Student Field Trips and Farmers Visits to School

  • Lincoln High School trip to Growing Power in Milwaukee 2012
  • Lincoln High School Agriculture classes tour family owned farms in Central  Wisconsin each year
  • Many elementary classes visit Altenburgs Farm in Plover each September
  • Local farmer coop had booth at Family Night at Mead Elementary 2013

District Policy changes to include Farm to School language

  • Wellness policy  (adopted in 2012)

School gardens and greenhouses

  • High school garden and greenhouse
  • Howe garden
  • Mead garden
  • Washington garden
  • Think Academy garden
  • Vesper garden

For more information please contact Sue Anderson, Wood County Farm to School coordinator or:

Julie Marie, WRPS Director of Food Service

Joel Kuehnhold, Lincoln High School Agriculture teacher