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Farm to School Initiatives:

2014 FFA – Growing Together

This initiative is being offered to Iowa FFA Chapters.  By agreeing to plant a fruit or vegetable that can be included in a school meal, approved FFA chapters will receive a CompactTabletop Sunlite® Garden.  This compact light stand delivers bright, full-spectrum light that seedlings need for healthy vigorous growth.  The Light Fixture contains two high-efficiency T-5 Fluorescent Tubes.  These smaller profile tubes produce more full-spectrum light than old style fluorescent tubes, yet use 20% less electricity. 

FFA chapters need to establish a garden or increase their current garden and show support to get at least one garden item incorporated into a school meal.  A final Performance Report will be required.  To be considered, complete the application and fax it, email it or mail it to us by March 24, 2014. 


Watering can 2014 A Garden is the Way to Grow:

Interest in the A Garden is the Way to Grow initiative continues to be overwhelming.  The data collected from the feedback proved that this initiative exceeded expectations for student participation, student exposure to new fruits and vegetables, and the desire to continue school gardens. 

This year we are offering 35 schools the opportunity to apply for the 2014 A Garden is the Way to Grow initiative.  The initiative will include garden supplies that are highlighted in three short YouTube videos focusing on weeding, watering and season extension.  These tools include:   watering wand; soaker hose; stirrup hoe; Insect, Disease & Weed I.D. Guide; Vegibee (hand pollinator); low tunnel with row cover, and $150 to help you grow or start your garden.  To be considered, complete the application and fax it, email it or mail it to us by March 20, 2014.


Iowa Farm to School Chapter Initiative:

There are currently 16 active Iowa Farm to School Chapters throughout the state.  Each chapter has developed and implemented a plan so as to uphold the objectives and mission of the Farm to School Program.  Such activities in these chapters include; locally-grown Iowa food procurement, eating fresh fruit and vegetables from Iowa, school gardens, field trips to local farms and orchards, purchase of kitchen equipment to better serve needs of students, educational presentations and materials, food fairs, and classroom activities.


Child Eating Apple“A is for Apple” Initiative:

This initiative was launched in the fall of 2008, in order to encourage the purchase of locally grown Iowa apples. Orchards and schools worked together with the Department of Agriculture to provide apples to school children. Since that first year, nearly 13,000 students in more than 130 schools have benefitted from this initiative by receiving locally-grown fresh apples to educational resources and activities. Visit the "A is for Apple" Initiative page for all the information for 2013! HURRY the deadline is SEPTEMBER 13, 2013!

 Hi! I  am Wilbur“Wrap Your Own- Iowa Grown” initiative:

“Wrap Your Own-Iowa Grown” initiative was started in the fall of 2009. This initiative is a great opportunity for schools, students, teachers, parents and the communities to get involved and promote Iowa producers and the Iowa economy, not to mention to encourage healthy eating habits for our children and our future. The goal of this initiative is to promote the purchase of locally-grown vegetables and products to create wraps. This is also an opportunity for students to eat something healthy with great Iowa fixings!

Wrap Your Own- Iowa Grown 2011 was a great success! Eleven schools signed up to participate in this initiative and some of them went the extra mile to participate in our Recipe contest.  All eleven schools received $200.00 to purchase local fruits and vegetables as well as Wrap papers and promotional items.  Oelwein High School won the Wrap recipe contest (submitted by Barb Sanders- Food Service Director) with a mouth-watering Southwest Chicken Wrap.  We (Tammy Stotts/Emily Wadle) went to Oelwein to host an assembly for one of Scott Smalley’s  FFA classes that helped grow some of the food for the Oelwein Farm to School Chapter.   Students were challenged and had some fun with the activities we planned and the school received an additional $300 to purchase local fruits and veggies!   Also Congratulations to our Student Photo Contest winner Josh Thompson, from Price Lab schools in Cedar Falls, who submitted the photo “Growing Onions”. 

Thank you to everyone that participated in this initiative and those that continue to support and enhance the Farm to School Program throughout the state!

Check our site often to see what is going and learn about upcoming events and initiatives.  If you have any questions or comments about the Iowa Farm to School Program please contact Tammy Stotts at 515-281-7657 or by email tammy.stotts@iowaagriculture.gov or Emily Wadle at 515-725-2078 or by email at Emily.wadle@iowaagriculture.gov.

2011 offered a “Wrap Your Own-Iowa Grown” spring initiative. Spring offers a different array of vegetables, a chance to mix it up and try something NEW.  The School with the best wrap recipe using the most local ingredients received $300 towards the purchase of more fruits/vegetables as well as an assembly with media coverage, 25 t-shirts,  and promotional items delivered by a live vegetable!  

Wrap Your Own-Iowa Grown


Take a look at South Hamilton Elementary School's "Now That's a Wrap Video"

Check out the two videos from Oelwein Schools: Video 1, Video 2

Why Farm-to-School?

Program Benefits

Farm-to-School Council

"A" is for Apple Initiative

Farm-to-School Participation Map

2013 FFA – Growing Together


Farm-to-School Brochure

Frequently Asked Questions

Chapter Initiative

Chapter Application Packet

Wrap Your Own Initiative

2013 A Garden is the Way to Grow

Who to Contact:

Tammy Stotts

Iowa Farm to School Directory


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