SD Farm to School Efforts
In 2016 the South Dakota Farm to School Taskforce was formed. This collaborative group serves as a connection to resources, state and federal agencies, regional support groups, training, networking opportunities, and more geared toward statewide Farm to School efforts and creating a culture of health in South Dakota’s School System. The Task Force aims to focus on healthy communities, healthy environments, healthy relationships, and a healthy local economy, while supporting ongoing sustainability of Farm to School programs and classroom nutrition education.
The Huron School District has partnered with Fairacre Farms to source local foods year-round for their Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.
The Wagner School has started an incredible school garden featuring a geodesic greenhouse and an aquaponic system.
Kid Quest – SDSU Cooperative Extension’s Kid Quest (Fitness, Food and Fun) program in the 5-6 grade classrooms motivates students to practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.
Lowell Elementary School Garden, “A Growing Place Garden” in Sioux Falls
Lunchtime Solutions offers a program called Farmers Market Selection which features fruits, vegetables, and other foods that are seasonal, usually locally grown or school grown along with nutritional information to help students connect food choices to future wellness.
These are just some of the great programs happening in the state! If you would like your program listed here please contact Holly Tilton Byrne at firstname.lastname@example.org.