"Linking the Land and the Lunchroom" is the theme of the 2013 Wisconsin Farm to School Summit. The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection encourages individuals to register now for the Farm to School Summit, which will feature workshops, sessions and networking opportunities.
"The 2013 Farm to School Summit is a great opportunity for those who are newly interested in Farm to School, for those who have been involved in the past and those who are advanced Farm to School practitioners," said Teresa Engel, DATCP's Buy Local, Buy Wisconsin Program Manager. "The Summit will offer education for a broad spectrum of experience in Farm to School."
The goals of Wisconsin Farm to School programs are to promote children's health, strengthen children's and communities' knowledge and attitudes surrounding agriculture and nutrition, as well as strengthen local economies by expanding markets for Wisconsin producers.
The 2013 Farm to School Summit will be held on Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27 at the Radisson Hotel in La Crosse. The Farm to School Summit highlights current Wisconsin Farm to School efforts, new resources for Farm to School, and future opportunities for Farm to School programs and policies.
School nutrition staff, educators, farmers, school administrators, school board members, parents, students and school wellness team members are encouraged to attend. Local food advocates, nonprofit organizers, distributers and government health officials are also welcome.
"In an effort to encourage numerous practitioners from a school or district to attend together, discounts will be offered to teams who attend together," added Vanessa Herald, Wisconsin Farm to School Program Outreach Specialist. "From our experience, Farm to School is most successful in a community when multiple people are working together."
Conference registration is $45 to attend both days. A fee of $25 will be charged for one-day registration.