-Greeley-Evans School District 6 Farm to School
The Farm to School program in Greeley was started in 2007. Activities in place include Harvest of the Month, school gardens, local purchasing, and general health and nutrition education focused on local Colorado produce such as Farmer and Chef in the Classroom demos.
All of the 25 schools in the district participate in the Harvest of the Month program which highlights a fruit or vegetable of the month, offers a newsletter educating students, teachers, and parents about the ways to prepare the produce, provides nutritional information about it, and suggests healthy activities to celebrate it.
The farm to school program is developing relationships with local farmers to get more local produce into the schools. In 2008, the district worked primarily with one producer (Wolf Moon Farms--www.wolfmoonfarms.com) and has purchased from them for over a year. The district held meetings in January and March 2009 to link local producers and other school districts interested in local purchasing. District 6 is currently working on a plan to incorporate more local produce into lunches for the 2009-2010 school year, and also hopes to also use locally produced fruits and vegetables in the Harvest of the Month program.
The two school gardens are up and running, and starting to produce fruits and vegetables! The school gardens are maintained through partnerships between the district and other community organizations. Karen of Wolf Moon Farms has played a large role in the development of the gardens and has donated many of the plants for the gardens. The gardens have been a big success with the children thus far; it has been encouraging to see all of their enthusiasm about the gardening projects.
2508 4th Ave
Greeley, CO 80631