Our Farm to School Program Keeps Growing!
Did you know that St. Vrain served over 900,000 pounds of local Colorado grown produce last school year?
St. Vrain has built partnerships around the state that bring fresh, delicious and local produce to our students. Nutrition Services has made their Farm to School program a top priority, and is continuously looking for new local farmers and producers to do business with.
Here is just a small list of some of the local farms that we partner with:
- Aspen - Potatoes
- DiSanti Farms - Squash, Cucumbers, Peppers, Cilantro
- Ella Farms - Pears, Peaches
- Fagerberg - Onions
- Hungenberg Farms - Carrots, Cabbage
- Ollin Farms - Spinach, Carrots, Tomatoes, Turnips
- Petrocco Farms - Lettuce, Cabbage, Greens
- Rocky Mountain Fresh - Tomatoes, Cucumbers
- Rossi Farms - Squash
- Sakata Farms - Corn, Onions
- Star Farms - Cabbage, Cucumbers, Squash, Peppers, Greens
- Wacky Apples - Apples
SVVSD is "One in a Melon"
USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service awarded St. Vrain Valley School District a “One in a Melon” award for administering an exemplary farm to school program. One school district per state was selected for the award by receiving the most public nominations.
SVVSD received the most votes from parents, teachers, community stakeholders, students and others who recognized the incredible work Nutrition Services is doing though their farm to school programs.
Farm to school programs help kids form healthy habits, learn where their food comes from, and develop an understanding of the importance of nutrition and agriculture. Results of the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census show that schools with robust farm to school programs report reductions in food waste, higher school meal participation rates, and increased willingness of the students to try new foods, notably fruits and vegetables.
Census results also show that U.S. schools invested nearly $800 million in local food from farmers, ranchers, fishermen, and food processors and manufacturers in the 2013- 2014 school year, which is money going directly back into local communities.