About DFtS

What is Farm to School?

DFtS is part of a movement all across the country that more and more schools, cafeterias, and after school programs are finding benefits from.  Farm to School, in its most broad definition, can entail anything that connects students in school with food and agriculture.  This could look like students visiting a farm on a school field trip, having a farmer come visit their classroom, growing food and flowers in a school garden, or eating locally grown food in their school cafeteria.

DFtS is made possible by funding from the Dexter Wellness Coalition and 5 Healthy Towns.

The Benefits of Farm to School

Farm to School programs across the country have been shown to have far-reaching benefits that shape positive outcomes in the classroom, the cafeteria, and the community.

DFtS in the Media


Ann Arbor Family- School Gardens Flourish in Washtenaw County

Dexter High School Memorial Garden Project Underway

Students Sow Seeds of Healthy Eating with Garden at Dexter High School

Farm Fresh Food Day Kicks Off at Cornerstone Elementary

Farm to School program brings fresh potatoes to schools

Farm to School Goes Back to School 


Smarter Lunchroom Series: Farm Fresh Taste Testing

Creekside kids love their spuds!

FtS Coordinator making potatoes at Creekside!

What’s on school lunch at Creekside

Volunteers Prepare Food for Tastings

DFtS offers a taste of cherry tomatoes

Who are your coordinators in Dexter?

Dexter Community Schools’ teachers, parents, students, and food service staff are increasingly engaging in projects related to school gardening, healthy food education, and local food procurement.  As of June 2013, more support for these projects is coming from the School Garden Coordinator and Farm to School Coordinator.  These positions have been made possible through 5 Healthy Towns and are guided by Dexter Wellness Coalition to facilitate the expansion of efforts already underway in the community.  They are excited to bring Dexter kids closer to where their food comes from!

Here’s a little bit about these two. . .

Francie Wesorick, School Garden Coordinator

Francie has a BFA in Studio Art from Michigan State University, a Master Gardener Certification from Michigan State University Extension and also a Master Composter Certification. Francie loves spending time outdoors, reading, painting and spending time with her family.


Lisa Babe, Farm to School Coordinator

Lisa is a former ESL and secondary science teacher with a strong understanding of environmental and social justice issues. Prior to working as the Farm to School Coordinator, Lisa was the Curriculum Specialist at Creative Change Educational Solutions, an education non-profit located in Ypsilanti, MI.  Lisa was also an adjunct instructor at Alpena Community College, and served as the educational coordinator for the NOAA Paleoclimatology Program in Boulder, CO. She has a Master’s degree in Secondary Science with an emphasis in ESL from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a BS in Agriscience from Michigan State University.  Lisa also has a teaching certificate in secondary science.  She is very passionate about sustaining the health and well-being of the Dexter Community through sourcing and serving fresh, local food.

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