There are great Farm to School and Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) networks and resources in Wisconsin, and below is more information on how you can connect! There is a 15+ year tradition of innovative Farm to School efforts in the state thanks to great folks like you! Subscribe to the newsletter and feel free to reach out to any of the folks listed below if you have questions.

Farm to School: If you are looking for more than just a newsletter, please join the Wisconsin Farm to School (F2S) Leadership Team. The WI F2S Leadership Team welcomes anyone in the state who is interested in staying connected and leading statewide or local efforts around farm to school. There are currently 75 Leadership Team members representing 47 different organizations. The WI F2S Leadership Team is a great place to plug in if you coordinate a statewide effort related to F2S, support a county-level program that includes farm to school (like at a county health department or with Extension), or if you are engaged in F2S at the local level and want to dig deeper. What does it mean to be a part of the Leadership Team? The Leadership Team hosts a monthly facilitated phone call on the second Tuesday of each month, hosts two working groups (Wisconsin Chili Lunch Group and USDA Farm to School Census Group), and is the best way to share information and stay connected with F2S strategies in the state. !
 As a group, we also work on F2S strategic planning; funding; metrics and evaluation; and coordinate statewide efforts like Apple Crunch and WI Chili Lunch. The best part of the Leadership Team is you can engage at the level you want. To join or learn more, email wif2s@communitygroundworks.org

Here’s a list of the state’s farm to school resources that may be helpful:
  *   USDA Farm to School Census<https://farmtoschoolcensus.fns.usda.gov/>
  *   Wisconsin Farm to School Toolkits for Nutrition Directors and Farmers<https://cias.wisc.edu/toolkits/>
  *   DPI: Traditional Foods in Wisconsin<https://dpi.wi.gov/school-nutrition/farm-to-school/traditional-foods>
  *   American Indian Traditional Foods in USDA School Meals Program<https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/school-nutrition/pdf/amer-ind-trad-foods-toolkit.pdf>
  *   Chop Chop Culinary Skills Training Videos<https://cias.wisc.edu/chopchop/>
  *   DPI Home Grown: Farm to School Recipes<https://dpi.wi.gov/sites/default/files/imce/team-nutrition/pdf/homegrown-f2s-recipes.pdf>
  *   Wisconsin AmeriCorps Farm to School Program<https://dpi.wi.gov/school-nutrition/farm-to-school/americorps>
  *   DATCP Farm to School<https://datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Growing_WI/FarmToSchool.aspx> DPI Farm to School<https://dpi.wi.gov/school-nutrition/farm-to-school>  CIAS Farm to School<https://www.cias.wisc.edu/category/farm-to-school/>

Interested in learning more, contact any of the partners below:
Charlotte Litjens (Charlotte.Litjens@wisconsin.gov<mailto:Charlotte.Litjens@wisconsin.gov>, DATCP, Farm to School and Institution Program Manager)
Kim Wahl (kim@communitygroundworks.org<mailto:kim@communitygroundworks.org> Community GroundWorks, Farm to School Program Manager)
Dana Colla (Dana.Colla@dpi.wi.gov<mailto:Dana.Colla@dpi.wi.gov>, DPI, Nutrition Consultant)
Ansley McLeod (ansley.mcleod@dpi.wi.gov<mailto:ansley.mcleod@dpi.wi.gov>, DPI, Nutrition Consultant)
Vanessa Herald (vherald@wisc.edu<mailto:vherald@wisc.edu>, UW-Madison CIAS, Farm to Institution Outreach Specialist)

Farm to ECE: Farm to early care and education (farm to ECE) is a natural extension of farm to school that offers increased access to healthy, local foods, gardening opportunities, and food-based activities to enhance the educational experience in all types of ECE settings (e.g. preschools, child care centers, family child care homes, Head Start/Early Head Start, programs in K-12 school districts). There is exciting, and growing, farm to ECE work taking place in Wisconsin, and you are welcome to get connected. You can see a ton of great resources for farmers, ECE providers, and others on the Community GroundWorks website here: <http://www.communitygroundworks.org/content/farm-early-care-and-education> . The WI Department of Public Instruction website about farm to ECE is here.<https://dpi.wi.gov/community-nutrition/cacfp/farm-2-ece>

To learn more or get connected, please contact:
Daithi Wolfe (DWolfe@kidsforward.net<mailto:DWolfe@kidsforward.net>, Kids Forward)
Kim Wahl (kim@communitygroundworks.org<mailto:kim@communitygroundworks.org> Community GroundWorks, Farm to School Program Manager)