Since 2013, efforts have been underway to promote Farm to School opportunities in Marathon County. Farm to School is a national movement to increase the use of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables in school lunch programs, connect local farmers with the community, and provide opportunities for hands on teaching to students through educational workshops and school gardens.
Farm to school implementation differs by location but always includes one or more of the following:
- Procurement: Local foods are purchased, promoted and served in the cafeteria or as a snack or taste-test;
- Education: Students participate in education activities related to agriculture, food, health or nutrition; and
- School Gardens: Students engage in hands-on learning through gardening.
Many Marathon County Schools are participating in Farm to School, but every school has different levels of involvement.
Click on school names below to view their school garden website:
Colby School District
- Colby Elementary School
D.C. Everest School District
- D.C. Everest Middle School
- Hatley Elementary School
Spencer School District
- Spencer High School
Stratford School District
- Stratford High School
Wausau School District
- Franklin Elementary School
- Thomas Jefferson Elementary School
- Lincoln Elementary School
Stratford Ag Food for All Video
Information for Starting Farm to School in Your School
- If you are interested in starting a school garden, contact Ashley Deering at the Marathon County Health Department:
- 1000 Lake View Dr Ste 100, Wausau, WI 54403
- Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems – Farm to Fork
- Community Groundworks – Wisconsin School Garden Resources
- Life Lab
- National Farm to School Network
- The Edible Schoolyard Project
- USDA Farm to School Resources
I Ate Local Food Today Stickers
You can download and print off your own “I Ate Local Food Today” stickers (.pdf). The template is designed to work with Avery Round Labels (#22807). If you would like the Marathon County Health Department to provide you with some stickers instead, please Contact Us.