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Youth from Colton, SD crunch on green beans from their childcare garden in 2022
Sep 15

South Dakota Crunch Off

The South Dakota Crunch Off is an annual statewide event to celebrate local produce and farm to school by crunching into any South Dakota grown fruit or vegetable.

Summer meals being served to families in a public park.

Summer Meals for All Children Are Provided at Communities Around South Dakota

Every summer, communities across South Dakota serve free meals to children, to ensure good nutrition and growth.

Group of children enjoying school lunch in an elementary school cafeteria.

National School Lunch Week: ‘Lettuce’ Celebrate!

During National School Lunch Week, held each year in October, schools around the country celebrate all of the ways a school lunch can positively affect a child’s life, both at school and at home!

The lunchroom at Meade School District shows a case with watermelon cut into slices and cucumbers with a sign that says "Woonsocket Watermelon"

SDSU Extension, DOE program to host regional buyer-grower farm-to-school summits

January 17, 2024

SDSU Extension and the South Dakota Department of Education-Child and Adult Nutrition Services are hosting regional farm-to-school gatherings for buyers and growers in 2024.

Group of students eating lunch at school

Farm to School

Farm to school provides an opportunity for youth in early childcare, educational settings, after-school programs and other settings to experience local foods.

Group of students eating lunch at school
Mar 26

Virtual South Dakota Farm to School Buyer-Grower Summit

SDSU Extension and Child and Adult Nutrition Services-Department of Education will host a virtual farm to school buyer-grower summit on March 26, 2024, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Two school lunch workers assembling salads in a school kitchen.
Mar 06

Regional Farm to School Buyer-Grower Summit @ Rapid City

SDSU Extension and Child and Adult Nutrition Services-Department of Education will host an in-person farm to school buyer-grower summit on March 6, 2024, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Black Hills State University-Rapid City, in rooms 206 and 207. 

Children sampling local produce in a school cafeteria.

Funding Your Farm to School Program

Starting or expanding a farm to school program comes with expenses. Learn about the many farm to school funding opportunities available from state, federal, and private/non-profit organizations.

Three ladies standing with lunch trays of food

South Dakota Farm to School Network

The South Dakota Farm to School Network is an open group of individuals and organizations whose work or personal interests align with the components of farm to school. Learn how you or your organization can get involved today!

Gardener holding a box of vegetables

SDSU Extension encourages South Dakotans to join annual Crunch Off event

September 05, 2023

The South Dakota Crunch off celebrates local produce and SDSU Extension’s Farm to School programs with a friendly interstate competition to see which state’s residents can encourage the most residents to eat local fruits and vegetables from Sept. 18 to Oct. 13.