Our Mission

To provide positive health benefits and academic opportunities to Dexter Community Students through our school garden programs and Dexter Community Schools’ Food and Nutrition offerings.

These programs nourish students’ cognitive, social and emotional needs by promoting physical activity, healthy eating habits and expanded access to fresh, locally grown food. The Dexter Farm to School Program also increases learner engagement through experiential, interdisciplinary and project-based learning experiences.

These experiences include growing produce and flowers in the school gardens, planting spring seeds in the school greenhouse, cooking healthy recipes in the kitchen classroom, or eating locally grown food in the school cafeteria.

Dexter Farm to School works towards this mission by engaging in the following yearly goals:

  • Increasing the amount of fresh, local fruits and vegetables students consume.
  • Increasing students’ knowledge about where food comes from.
  • Engaging community and school stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of the program.

DFtS is made possible by funding from the Dexter Wellness Coalition and 5 Healthy Towns Foundation and is part of an ongoing collaboration with Dexter Community Schools.

Meet the Farm to School Team

Lisa Babe has been with the Farm to School Program since January of 2015. She loves to connect students to local produce and their community through Dexter cafeterias and gardening at Creekside. 

She is very passionate about teaching students of all ages where food comes from and that healthy food is also delicious and good for the environment. She strongly believes that the benefits of the Farm to School Program promote positive mental, emotional and physical well-being. Lisa’s favorite vegetable is roasted broccoli rabe and she loves making homemade ratatouille with her family.

This is Kelly Parachek’s second year working as a teacher sponsor for the program.  She loves cooking and trying to grow new things in her garden. 

Kelly loves this program because she thinks it is important to teach kids how to work together and to grow their own food.  She believes it is always exciting when kiddos get to try something new and find out that they actually like it!  She is looking forward to another fantastic year in the gardens!

This is Kirsten Korff’s 22nd year of teaching.  She has been with the garden program for all but 2 years since its beginning in 2013.

Kirsten thinks the best part of this program is seeing kids get excited about fresh food and learning how to use/cook with it.  She believes many kids are not interested in trying new foods.  However, as soon as they play a role in the harvesting and making of the food they are much more eager to try.  Most of the time they find out they like something new.  She also really enjoys cooking.  If she was not teaching she would run her own food truck.

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