Written by Brandi Bohlman
In 2017, Sheboygan Area School District (SASD) School Nutrition was one of seventeen organizations in the United States to receive the Farm to School grant. The Farm to School grant is intended to support the increasing need for school garden education with the overarching goal of increasing fruit and vegetable knowledge and consumption. It is well accepted that children who are a part of growing food, are more willing to try it, as they have a closer connection and appreciation for the time and effort it takes to grow a garden.
As a contracted partner of SASD, Nourish is building a greenhouse, developing school garden curriculum with Jefferson Elementry School. To enhance the education, Nourish is filming educational videos and expanding & developing Harvest of the Month materials. Harvest of the Month is a pool of education materials that focuses on educating about seasonably appropriate and local foods. Education topics include: Biology and Ecology, Business and Economics, Nutrition, History and Culture, Shopping and Snacking tips and a Bookshelf section. Nourish utilizes the Harvest of the Month to guide our other programs and how we cook. The School Nutrition Program is also integrating Harvest of the Month into school lunches.
Also part of the grant, Nourish is currently expanding its presence in all thirteen Sheboygan Area Elementary Schools to cheerlead the kids in choosing the Harvest of the Month from the hot lunch program. On April 3, the Midwest Farm to School Regional Lead at the USDA, Jenna Segal, will accompany Nourish during a lunch visitation at Sheridan Elementary. During Ms. Segal’s shadowing experience, she will also attend one of Nourish’s Snack programs at Grant Elementary.
We are very excited to be welcoming Jenna to Sheboygan and sharing with her all of the progress we are making to encourage a more wholesome and healthy lifestyle to those in our community!