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National Farm to School Network
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The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is the leading voice for the U.S. farm to school movement, providing information, advocacy and networking for communities working to bring local food sourcing and food and agriculture education into K-12 school systems and early care and education settings. NFSN trains and connects school leaders, farmers, nonprofits and local/state/federal agencies; commissions research and case studies to illustrate the impact of farm to school; advocates for supportive local, state and federal policy; and raises awareness of the movement nationally.

Our network includes regional and state leads in all 50 states and D.C. who help connect schools to local farmers and producers, as well as thousands of farm to school supporters. NFSN launched in 2007 by a collaborative of more than 30 organizations seeking to shape the burgeoning farm to school movement. To meet your NFSN state lead and learn more about what farm to school activities are happening in your region, visit farmtoschool.org.

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Center for Integrated Agriculture Systems
The Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems (CIAS) is a research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. CIAS was created in 1989 to build UW sustainable agriculture research programs that respond to farmer and citizen needs. Our work focuses on how integrated farming systems can contribute to environmental, economic, social and intergenerational sustainability. CIAS has been active in state and regional farm to school efforts for more than ten years and serves as the Great Lakes Regional Lead Agency for the National Farm to School Network. 

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Community GroundWorks
Community GroundWorks is a nonprofit organization that connects people to nature and local food. Through hands-on education, children and adults learn gardening, urban farming, healthy eating, and natural areas restoration. Organized in Madison, Wis., in 2001 as The Friends of Troy Gardens, Community GroundWorks serves diverse communities and schools locally and across the state. To learn more about our programs, visit www.communitygroundworks.org.

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Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (DATCP) serves the people of Wisconsin to assure safe, wholesome food; consumer protection and fair business practices; healthy people, animals, and plants; a clean environment; and strong agriculture and commerce. DATCP supports robust farm to school activities throughout the state and serves as the Wisconsin State Lead for the National Farm to School Network. Click here for more information or to sign up for the Wisconsin Farm to School Newsletter.

PROGRAMMATIC PARTNERS:

ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project)
Brockport Central School District
CANFIT
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Center for Rural Affairs
Center for Social Inclusion
Ecotrust
Edible Schoolyard Project
Farm to Table New Mexico
FoodCorps
Georgia Organics
Growing Power
Health Agriculture Food and Labor (HEAL) Food Alliance
Health Care Without Harm
Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems
Mississippi Farm to School Network
Montezuma School to Farm Project
National Education Association
National Young Farmers Coalition
New Jersey Department of Agriculture
Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance
Real Food Challenge
School Nutrition Association
Shelburne Farms
Slow Food USA
Tennessee Department of Education
The Food Trust
USDA Farm to School
Wallace Center
Washington State Department of Agriculture
Youth Empowered Solutions

LOCAL PLANNING COMMITTEE:

Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems – UW Madison
Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection
Community Groundworks/Wisconsin School Garden Initiative
Organic Valley
Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board
REAP Food Group
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
FH King Students for Sustainable Agriculture
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Mutch Better Food LLC
American Family Children’s Hospital
Madison Metropolitan School District
Fairshare CSA Coalition
University of Wisconsin Dane County Cooperative Extension
City of Madison
Dane County
Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative
Edible Madison
Wisconsin Healthy Food Systems Alliance
Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau