A Northern Wisconsin class was recently recognized by the Department of Public Instruction for strengthening rural communities.
The Northland Pines School District’s “Growing Your Own Food in the 21st Century” project was among 6 projects receiving the award. They were recognized last month at the 9th annual Standing up for Rural Wisconsin award program.
The project based class in the high school teaches students the skills to grow and harvest their own food. Starting in 2010, the program now involves 3 garden sites including the school green house and the community garden.
The harvest is sold to raise money, used with the food service for salad day Fridays and is donated to the local food pantry. During the cold winter months, the students are planting and tending to the seedlings.
In honoring the schools, libraries and communities, State Superintendent Tony Evers says they “represent the best of what Wisconsin has to offer. They support and strengthen community relationships that not only keep rural Wisconsin surviving but thriving into the future.
Other recipients include: Highland Community School, St.Croix Falls school district/public library, Tomah Special Olympics, Stockbridge Preschool, and Wise guys and Wiser Guys in the Clintonville School District.