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AmeriCorps Farm to School Program Adds More Sites
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 06/16/2014

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture's AmeriCorps Farm to School Program added three new host sites to the program. Now with 17 total sites, the program will serve more than 40 school districts in 16 Wisconsin counties, recruits are being accepted for AmeriCorps members to work in their communities.

The new sites include Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, serving Calumet and Outagamie counties; Town and Country RC&D and Eat Here, Eat Well, serving Jefferson County; and UW-Extension Rock County serving Rock County.

"In 2013-2014 we reached more than 7,000 students with classroom lessons, developed new school gardens and provided tasting opportunities for more than 30 local food items. The AmeriCorps members are building the relationships to make that work happen," said Program Manager Sarah Larson. "I am excited to welcome new sites to our program and broaden the reach of our AmeriCorps Farm to School Program."

AmeriCorps members are on-the-ground advocates for farm to school in their communities. Community Outreach members work to connect foodservice directors and local farmers, recruit and leverage volunteers, and develop community networks. Nutrition educators provide classroom education, facilitate food tastings and maintain and develop gardens.

All host sites are currently recruiting new members for the 2014-2015 program year.

The AmeriCorps Farm to School Program is part of the broader Wisconsin Farm to School Program, which supports robust farm to school activities across the state. Farm to school activities are supported by a wide array of partnerships between local, regional, non-profit and state partners.

For more information about the AmeriCorps Farm to School program, call 608-224-5017.

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