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Sep 26

South Dakota Crunch Off

Monday, September 26 - Friday, October 7

Are You Ready to Crunch, South Dakota?

2022 South Dakota Crunch Off Graphic

The South Dakota Crunch off is a statewide event to celebrate local produce and Farm to School by crunching into any South Dakota grown “crunchy” fruit or vegetable. Anyone can participate. Simply register your crunch event and post a photo or video crunching to social media with #SouthDakotaCrunch. 

South Dakota Crunch Off events may occur anytime between September 26 and October 7, 2022.

South Dakota is competing against Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Montana, and Wyoming in the Mountain Plains Crunch Off to get the most crunches per capita. Register your crunch event by October 31 to help South Dakota win the Mountain Plains Crunch Crown! You must register to be counted.

Register Here

How To Crunch

The 2022 South Dakota Crunch Off Guide provides further information about hosting a crunch event at your school, farm, workplace, home, or community. Inside the guide: steps to get started, where to find local produce, tips for success, draft social media posts, email templates, and more. 

Boy taking a bite out of an apple
Youth crunch on local apples during cub scouts in 2021.

Crunch Event Activities

While your South Dakota Crunch Off event can be as simple as crunching into a local fruit or vegetable and snapping a photo, it can also be a great opportunity to learn about local agriculture and nutrition, especially when working with youth. The following activities have been selected for your use and can also be downloaded from the attachments at the bottom of this page.

Email by Tuesday, Sept. 20th to request free temporary tattoos to wear during your crunch event. 


Are you willing to share your Crunch Off photos with SDSU Extension to use in future event promotions, website, and social media? All adults and youth with faces shown in photos need to complete a photo release form. We are grateful for your photos. Email completed forms and photos to

Contact Information

Questions can be directed to Anna Barr, SDSU Extension Farm to School Nutrition Field Specialist, or Claudia Botzet, SDSU Extension Nutrition Field Specialist. Follow SDSU Extension Food and Families on Facebook for more South Dakota Crunch Off content.

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