FARM TO SCHOOL PROGRAM

AmeriCorps F2S Logo_4cwebThe Stevens Point YMCA, is excited to welcome the Farm to School Program* and its two members: Alyssa Morris(Nutrition Educator) and Amberle Schwartz (Community Outreach Specialist). Farm to School is an AmeriCorps program that emphasizes on:

(1) Strengthening local economies by expanding markets for Wisconsin agricultural producers and food entrepreneurs.

(2) Promoting children’s health by providing fresh and minimally processed foods in schools and supporting the development of healthy eating habits.

(3) Increasing children’s and communities’ knowledge about agriculture,
food, nutrition and the environment.

In addition to the Y, Alyssa and Amberle will be at local schools, the Farmshed, the farmers market, the Children’s Museum and throughout the community implementing educational activities including gardening, food tastings, chef demos (and much more!) as well as working toward incorporating more sustainable, local and healthy foods into meal menus.

*The Farm To School program is sponsored in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin

BIOS

Alyssa Morris
Nutrition Educator

Alyssa is a graduate of UWSP with a Family and Consumer Sciences degree. She has previous experience working with infants all the way up to high school students in multiple settings like daycare facilities and tutoring centers, schools, etc.. Her passion for teaching kids about nutrition comes from her love to cook: “It is easy to teach something if you feel strongly about it! Cooking is my therapy!” Both of her passions, working with kids and cooking, have molded together into a service both the students and Alyssa will learn from. “I only have a small plot for a garden, so working with farmers in the community is a learning process. It is rewarding being able to bring in food from right down the street to the classrooms and teach them that there is a farmer down the road that provided them their snack that day. It is so satisfying to see the kids light up as you walk into their classroom because they are excited to try something new!”

 

Amberle Schwartz
Community Outreach Specialist

Amberle earned her bachelor degree In Water Resources Management at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Throughout her college experience she was an active member and treasurer of the student organization Sustainable Agriculture in Communities Society. She has 3 years experience in ecological restoration work, including environmental interpretation, teaching to both children and adults. She has worked at organic farms all over Wisconsin. “I believe that the most important thing I learned in the College is that our current food systems have a huge negative impact on our natural environment, especially when it comes to water. If we can learn to eat locally and sustainably, not only will we have healthier bodies, but we will also be supporting local families, our local economy, and reducing our impact on the environment.”

 

LINKS
Our Facebook Page
National Farm to School Website

DATCP
Farmshed

VOLUNTEERING FOR FARM TO SCHOOL

If you would like view and sign up for upcoming volunteer opportunities:

Please go to volunteersrock.org
1. Click “Find Volunteer Needs nearby”
2. Choose “Phrase” in the “Search by” box and type in Farm to School 

OR Email SZdroik@spymca.org  

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Coming soon!

PHOTO ARCHIVES: PAST EVENTS

Visit our Facebook page for photos of our past events!