Where their food comes from: Jefferson Elem. hosts Farm to School Day

Nathanial A. Barrera/ The Dickinson Press

If an adult were to ask the average American child where the food on their plate comes from, they would likely be confronted with surprising answers — the store or the fridge.

Local farmers representing the Stark County Farm Bureau, with help from DSU Ag students, hoped to change this presumption, Friday, Jan. 17, by providing a local lunch to students at Jefferson Elementary to promote farmers and ND agriculture education.

The Farm to School program, which took place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., promotes and features locally produced farm-fresh foods such as dairy, fruits and vegetables, eggs, honey, meat, and beans on their menus.

“The farmers will arrive mid-morning,” Nancy Wahl, Food Service Director at Dickinson Public Schools, told The Press before the event took place. “The head cook and her staff will have already prepared the whole meal and the farmers will help serve the meal and visit with all the children regarding agriculture and farming in North Dakota. It’s going to be a very special meal made up of things that are representative of agriculture within our state.”

The feast consisted of locally cultivated beef for pot roast and gravy, mashed potatoes grown from the Red River Valley, as well as vegetables and bread raised in this area. The students also received a homemade oatmeal cookie made with locally-grown oats.


“So, it will be a good meal that will teach kids things like beef comes from a cow, you know?” the director said. “ Some of them have no idea — it's so sweet.”

“I think it's a great cause,” a representative from the Farm Bureau said. “It’s something that we’ve been working on for the last couple of years, and just to have the opportunity to share where their food comes from and give them an upgraded meal, as well, is something we’ve been shooting for.”

In conclusion, Wahl had this to say of the event: “It has really been wonderful to work with the Stark County Farm Bureau and all of the farmers. They have been fabulous to work with and I’m so honored to honor them. It feels wonderful to honor the farmers in our state.”

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