Local Champs

How do you start to use fresh, locally grown foods on the menu? Get insights from other Missouri schools, communities and parents.

Terri Ferguson and the Jefferson City School District

Terri FergusonFood Services Director Terri Ferguson talks about her district's new farm to school program. Read more...

 

Carmen Fischer and the Rockwood School District

Carmen Fischer, director of child nutrition at Rockwood Public Schools, learned the importance of supporting local farmers first-hand from her dad who uses organic practices on his small farm in Illinois. Read more…

Christy Frazier and Farm to Child Care

The Farm to Childcare Program, in partnership with Sappington Farmers Market, a farmer owned grocery store and distributor that features locally grown food, is providing fresh, local food to twenty child care centers in the St. Louis area. Read more…

Laina Fullum and the Columbia Public School District

Laina FullumOne of the early school districts adopting farm to school programs is Columbia, Mo. Hear the tips that has made this program so successful. Read more...

 

Charlotte Gamblin and the Warrensburg School District

Charlotte GamblinA newer Missouri farm to school program is based in Warrensburg, Mo. Discover the concerns and solutions Food Service Director Charlotte Gamblin found. Read more...

Jo Hofeditz and Rock Bridge High School, Columbia

Jo HofeditzHow do fresh fruit and vegetables go over with high school audiences? Find out from Rock Bridge High School Kitchen Manager Jo Hofeditz. Read more...

 

Feriel Khenissi and Fairview Elementary School, Columbia

Feriel KhenissiIntroducing young children to fresh foods matters. Hear from Feriel Khenissi, kichen manager at Fairview Elementary. Read more...

 

Carol Kon and the Maplewood Richmond Heights District

Carol KonFood Service Director Carol Kon has been making farm to school happen for ovre three years. Get her advice and tips on what works. Read more...

 

Ken Llewellyn and the Crane School District

Ken LlewellynGet students excited about fresh food by turning your salad or salad bar into the Garden Bar. Learn how Chef Ken Llewellyn has made it happen in Crane. Read more...

Robert Rusan and the Maplewood Richmond Heights District

Chef Robert RusanMaybe you know you want to try locally grown, but you're not sure how to make it happen? Hear from Maplewood Richmond Heights Chef Robert Rusan on how you can get started. Read more...

 

 

Farmers

Steve Hamra and Hamra Farms

Steve Hamra, of Hamra Farms in Sikeston, MO, started selling his hydroponically grown lettuce to restaurants and grocery stores about six years ago. Looking for new markets, he then became interested in selling to schools around Stoddard County. Read more…

 

Farmers Market

Healthy Harvest Market

Much like a backyard garden, the Healthy Harvest Market in Kansas City began with a seed of an idea and people willing to roll up their sleeves. Now, only in its third year, it has grown into a thriving market that serves the surrounding urban community. Read more…

 

Parents

Jenny Grabner and the Learning Garden

Parents in the Ashland area of Central Missouri began digging into the locally grown and farm to school movement several years ago. Jenny Grabner, parent and cofounder of the Learning Garden says the program started small, with just a few dedicated parents. Read more…

 

Community Gardens

Jean Corbett and Gateway Greening

Twenty six years ago a few active community members went in search of vacant lots and people to start community gardens around St. Louis. They would go knocking on doors saying, “Let’s start gardens together!” And so began Gateway Greening. Read more…

 

Hospitals

Freeman Health sets a healthy example

You wouldn't trust a cab driver whose car looked like it had been in multiple accidents or a plumber whose own house kept flooding. Heather Boline, a registered dietitian at Freeman Health System, says the same is true of hospitals. Read more…

 

Vendors

Linda Jones and OPAA! Food Management

Thanks to OPAA! Food Management, children all over Missouri can bite into a fresh, juicy apple straight from a Missouri farm each fall. Read more…

Bridget Jordan and Chartwells

Bridget JordanHow does a food district manager market their farm to school program to students and parents? Read more...

 

Extension & Other Programs

Rachael McGinnis Millsap and MU Eating from the Garden

Most people would agree…it’s difficult to imagine a classroom full of students excited about eating vegetables. Yet, the children participating in the University of Missouri Extension Eating from the Garden program are excited about eating any vegetable, no matter the type, because it comes from their own garden. Read more…

Annette Triplett and Food from the Farm

A University of Missouri Extension program called Food from the Farm has kids encouraging their parents to make healthier choices when they eat and shop for food. Read more…