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What is farm to school?
Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education settings.

Waterford Food & Nutrition makes the connection
We partner with these farms/farmers: Penzien, Brookwood Fruit, Trim Pines, Van Houtte, Oakland County Farmers Market
We partner with these community/state F2S specialists:  Center for Regional Food Systems (MSU Extension), MI Farm to School Network, Voices for Good Food Policy, Henry Ford Hospital of W. Bloomfield
We partner with these distributors who commit to sourcing as much MI produce and as many MI products as possible: Cherry Capital Foods,Van Eerden, Lumetta Produce

Fresh and Local Servings
Here are some of the offerings that you will see in our serving lines, in our fresh fruit baskets and on our Farm Fresh Salad Stations: Apples, Arugula, Asparagus, Beets, Blueberries, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Cherries, Cucumbers, Grapes, Green Beans, Kale, Lettuce (Romaine, Salanova, Iceberg), Melons, Peaches, Pears, Peas, Peppers, Plums, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Radishes, Raspberries, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Tomatoes, Watermelons, Zucchini.

Nutrition Education Enterprises
Using a variety of grants, our Nutrition team host farm to school activity assemblies featuring nutrition gurus such as Jump with Jill and the Fresh Food Fairy. We sponsor taste tests throughout the year so that children can try new foods like watermelon radishes, sugar baby watermelon, rainbow carrots and the great variety of apples that are known to Michigan. We take students on field trips to the Oakland County Farmers Market, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Greenhouse, MSU Tollgate Farm and our own school gardens. FARMich carts were developed for our cafeterias to use as mini farmers market stands to educate our children on local Michigan produce. 

What is MiGlean?
MiGlean is the logo for Waterford's Nutrition efforts to take Farm to School to a deeper level of benefit to our district and our state. It stands for Michigan Growing, Learning, Educating Agricultural Nutrition. As students glean fresh produce from the school gardens and farm trips, they will also glean lifelong information on how to grow healthy by eating fresh and how to help Michigan grow healthy through agriculture advancement.

Definition of GLEAN: verb: glean; 1. extract (information) from various sources: "the information is gleaned from press clippings" 2. collect gradually and bit by bit: "objects gleaned from local markets". 3. gather (leftover grain or other produce) after a harvest. "the conditions of farm workers in the 1890s made gleaning essential" [historical].