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59% of WI schools take part in Farm to School

 LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) -  More than half of Wisconsin schools take part in Farm to School programs, according to a 2012 USDA census.

That list includes La Crosse, Onalaska, Holmen, West Salem, and Viroqua. The Farm to School program helps schools get their food from local farms.

The USDA said 133 of those schools are building their own school gardens where students learn to plant, harvest, and eat their own food.

The goal is to promote healthier eating habits.  State Senator Jennifer Shilling said, "kids are more apt if they have an ownership and an interest in these vegetables, more apt to eat healthy foods."

The USDA said 16% of Wisconsin school districts spend their food budgets locally.

To read more about the USDA 2012 census visit their website.

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