Farm 2 School

 

Farm To School

Benson Public Schools Farm to School program encompasses the Food Service , Agriculture and Elementary departments.                    

‚ÄčThe food service department uses Farm to School products all year long.  Whether is it is squash or green beans that are frozen; romaine or watermelon that is used fresh; tomatoes and onions that are used in recipes like spaghetti sauce; or wild rice and dinner rolls that come from suppliers.

We menu these items every month and can be noted on our menu by the F2S behind it.

We receive products many ways such as through the school garden, local producers, food hubs, and our regular suppliers.

The school garden produces squash, tomatoes, green beans, onions, potatoes, mini pumpkins, carrots, cucumbers, and peppers this year.  It is managed by Theresa Hanson - Garden Care Taker; Jeanine Bowman - Food Service Director; and Nancy Loen - Ag Teacher / FFA Instructor along with Ag/FFA students.

Our Ag. Dept. now has a "high tunnel" growing area on the east side of the high school.  They grew a variety of lettuces for the school this fall and spring.  The picture below shows the growing area. 

lettuce

Some of our producers are from the Benson area like Petersen's which grow tomatoes and peppers.  We also purchase honey from Kent & Lori Peterson.  Larry Anderson supplies us with cabbage  from Morris.  

We received donations of 300# of squash from August Grothe & family and from the Olson's we received watermelon and tomatoes.  This is a wonderful addition of produce to our program.

We purchase organic dinner rolls from the Benson Bakery which gets grain that is milled in the local area.

Swenson Orchards of Montevideo has supplied us with 95% of our apples from September to December for six years now.  

We also purchase from the Fresh Connect Food Hub in Fergus Falls.  We purchase:  watermelon, cantaloupe, apples, romaine, cherry tomatoes, slicing tomatoes, green beans, onions, Delicata & Butternut squash, cucumbers, red & green peppers, broccoli, potatoes, cauliflower, carrots and cabbage.  They only buy from local producers.  For more information, please click on the link below:
                         http://z.umn.edu/fcfhreport

Our wild rice is from a Minnesota company called Canoe.  We purchase the rice from our regular distributor.  We have also purchased other local items in the fall when they are available like potatoes or corn.


We want students to know where food comes from, how they can raise their own food, that fresh from the garden does taste better, and by buying local, it helps our local economy.  The producers could someone's parents, grandparents, cousins, or neighbors.






















 

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