Wooster Campus receives Farm-to-School USDA grant

Faculty and students from ATI will be participating in a project that recently received $99,347 in grant funds from the US Department of Agriculture.

“Growing a Farm to School Community in Wayne County” is a unique collaboration between the non-profit A Whole Community, Inc., Northwestern Local Schools, Wooster City Schools, and The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute, Ohio Agriculture Research and Development Center, and Wayne County Extension. Using a multi-faceted approach that will increase local produce on school menus and create a flourishing Farm to School culture in the school and community, this project will: expand the supply chain partnerships to offer a diverse array of local produce for schools to purchase, implement an Individualized Farm to School Plan for each school to identify barriers and create solutions, including providing food service staff with training, menus, recipes, and kitchen supplies, and implement Farm to School Ambassador Clubs, led by school staff and college interns, that are student-driven and parent supported, as they host experiential nutrition education activities. 

ATI students will be serving as Farm to School Ambassadors by helping lead clubs in local schools that explore sustainable food production, nutrition, and healthy eating.