Farm to school typically conjures images of a young child tasting their first cherry tomato, excitedly digging up a carrot, or squeamishly holding a red wriggler worm. But farm to school can also involve high school agriculture students engaged in hands-on soil science experiments, talented culinary students developing new recipes, and creative entrepreneurs selling produce grown at their schools. While elementary schools are a natural target for farm to school efforts, Sheboygan Falls has reaped the educational benefits of farm to high school by creating opportunities for older students to learn about food and agriculture.
For more than a decade, Sheboygan Falls High School students have actively engaged in local agricultural endeavors. Before they had a school garden, students volunteered at Restoration Farms, a community garden several miles from town. In 2012, Agriculture Teacher and FFA Advisor Bruce Brunner led the effort to construct a high-tunnel hoop house and outdoor garden space to provide those hands-on horticultural education opportunities on campus. Soon, food production expanded to include beehives, an orchard and a chicken coop with laying hens, providing an outdoor classroom for authentic learning in horticulture, biology, engineering and animal science.