Schools source locally in Wisconsin, US

Edible Pilot Project School Garden in Wisconsin School districts across the US are opting for locally-sourced ingredients more than ever before. The National Farm to School Network, a group that links schools with local farmers and is funded by government grants, has grown from just a handful of programmes when it first started in the late ‘90s. It now works with around 13,000 schools in all 50 states.

Child nutrition and addressing the obesity epidemic is an incredibly important topic,” said Mary Stein, the group's Associate Director. “There’s an increasing consumer interest across the country about really reconnecting to where your food comes from".

Fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, wheat and other ingredients have been recently delivered to school cafeterias in Evanston, Wisconsin from regional farms as part of a locally sourced school meals programme in the state, originally piloted at Evanston Township High School, which then moved to schools in Evanston/Skokie School District 65.  

Buying locally sourced food keeps the traceability chain in what we buy, ensures more sanitation and eliminates the need to have multiple vendors or several farmers, in addition to helping farmers because they can take their products to one spot,” Jordon Ryan, the food services coordinator of the district said.

The innovative “farm to school” initiative was noticed by school food officials at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Read more in the original article from The Daily Northwestern, ETHS, D65 students eat healthier, learn farming in new initiatives

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