A state budget proposal would cut a coordinator position for Wisconsin's farm-to-school efforts, which work to provides nutritional and educational opportunities for students. Scott Gordon of WisContext discusses the scope and logistics of these programs.
Farm to school is simple in concept but complex in execution.
As the state of Wisconsin considers eliminating funding for the farm-to-school coordinator position at the Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection in its 2017-19 budget cycle, advocates fear they'll lose a crucial leg up for farmers and school districts.
As farm-to-school programs grow across Wisconsin, they've proven to be quite a learning experience, and not just for students.
The farm-to-school programs developed by the School District of Holmen, located just north of La Crosse in western Wisconsin, illustrate the complex questions a district must answer to get its efforts off the ground.
Farm-to-school programs can take a variety of forms. In Wisconsin, the USDA reported that 73 percent of the 775 schools and districts surveyed participated in some type of farm-to-school program.
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