The Farm to School Program is an essential part of the richness and innovation of the Dexter Community School’s educational fabric. Started in the summer of 2013, the program was a vision of community members who were passionate about healthy food, physical activity, and Dexter students. This seed was planted, nurtured and has grown into a successful program that reaches all Dexter students.
Currently, the program is funded by 5Healthy Towns Foundation through the Dexter Wellness Coalition. This private funding supports two, part-time coordinator positions. DCS allows the program to use school facilities to build educational programming around shared goals- eating more fruits and vegetables through DCS Food and Nutrition offerings and garden to kitchen classes, educating students and staff about where food comes from and how to grow food, and engaging students, staff, and community about sustainability of program.
Any materials used in the classrooms including- dish soap, flour, sugar, gloves, hand tools, and garden compost are funded by two Farm to School fundraisers- The Fall Soup Supper and The Spring Plant Sale. This fall we were not able to hold our annual Fall Soup Supper due to unforeseen circumstances.
On this #GivingTuesday we would love your support! There are many ways to get involved in our program. You can make a tax-deductible donation, donate items on our wish list, or sign up for Busch’s Cash for Education. Please visit our Get Involved tab on our website to discover more ways to support Farm to School.
Thank you and Enjoy!