By Madeline Sky, Daybreak Meteorologist - bio | email
HOLMEN, Wis. (WXOW) - State Senator Jennifer Shilling was in Holmen on Monday touring Sand Lake Gardens at Sand Lake Elementary School. This is because the Holmen School District is receiving a grant for their farm to school program. And according to Senator Shilling, the Farm to School Program is thriving in Holmen.
“The school district here is getting national awards and recognition for what they are doing,” said Shilling, “so it really has put Holmen on the map nationally for our Farm to School program”
For four years, the school district has been participating in this program, teaching students hands on about food and nutrition.
The $10,000 thousand dollar “Seeds of Change” grant will be used to expand current school gardens and even to raise chickens. The goal of the program is to get kids more in touch with their food.
“Kids today are pretty removed from where their food comes from and often it’s very packaged and hardly recognizable from the original source of the food,” said Jodi Hoscheit, 3rd grade teacher at Sand Lake Elementary. “And so a program like this really helps kids understand where our food comes from and what goes into growing and producing it, and also how to make healthy choices.”
This mindset is catching on too. Many other school districts in the Coulee Region, including La Crosse, Onalaska, and West Salem, are also participating in the Farm to School Program. This is something Senator Shilling says speaks highly of the school districts in the area.
“As we were talking about healthy living and dealing with obesity in children,” said Shilling, “to make sure this nutrition piece is a foundation that they will take with them throughout their life.”
Food grown in Holmen School District gardens will be served to the elderly this summer, and served in the school cafeteria this fall.
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