REAP Farm to School has developed simple and fun educational activities for the classroom designed to engage students' senses as they explore the world of food. Together with teachers, REAP AmeriCorp members are giving students the tools they need to make choices that are healthy for their bodies and for the planet.
There are many ways to inspire young people to be 'adventurous eaters' and to develop curiosity about where their food comes from. REAP strives to take food education beyond conventional nutritional guidelines, helping students make the connections between the well-being of our community, our environment and ourselves through the food we eat.
In September of 2008, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) launched a regional, multisite, AmeriCorps Farm to School Program.
The goal of the AmeriCorps Farm to School program is to provide an innovative approach to decreasing childhood obesity by promoting healthy eating habits in students and increasing access to local foods in schools.
They focus on identifying and addressing hurdles facing local food procurement in school districts including: distribution, processing, and pricing while building relationships with farmers. They also serve as educators, developing and implementing curriculum and wellness plans that teach students about healthier eating habits.
REAP Farm to School is proud to have been selected as a host site for four 1/2-time AmeriCorps members who work tirelessly in Madison's schools coordinating delivery of local foods and education to students.
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- Southern Wisconsin Farm Fresh Atlas
- Food For Thought Festival
- Pie Palooza
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- Local Harvest
- Spring Gala
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