South Dakota Districts

31%
of South Dakota school districts surveyed by USDA say they participate in farm to school activities.

36

213

57,847

Another 7% of districts surveyed plan to start farm to school activities in the future.

(Note: of the 149 school districts in South Dakota, 78% completed the USDA Farm to School Census.)

Highlights

$100,450

invested in local food in South Dakota
with the average school district spending

3%

of their budget on local products.
School districts in South Dakota are currently buying the following types of local foods:
  • 88%

    fruits
  • 73%

    vegetables
  • 9%

    milk
  • 18%

    meat or poultry

48%

of South Dakota districts surveyed plan to increase local food purchases in the future.
South Dakota school districts are serving local items throughout the school day. In South Dakota local foods are being served at the following times:
  • 18%

    breakfast
  • 88%

    lunch
  • 0%

    supper
  • 15%

    snacks
  • 45%

    Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program
At least

31

school gardens are growing in South Dakota
Tend and water those gardens; their benefits are well documented!
In South Dakota,

24%

of School Districts
Are Engaging Preschool Children
in Farm to School Activities.
In South Dakota,

15%

Of School Districts Are Using Local Foods in Summer Meals.
Learn more about these results. See the details
Based on a tally of the number of votes received, the school district above was selected as a stand out in South Dakota.
What we heard during the nomination process:
This school district is supportive of farm to school by having the high school students tend the garden vegetables grown in the FFA student run greenhouse. Vegetables grown such as tomatoes, and cucumbers are offered to students through the salad bars. This school deserves to be a One in Melon!
Congratulations to all the school districts in South Dakota conducting farm to school programs.

From buying local food to planting school gardens to teaching kids where their food comes from, South Dakota is ‘bringing the farm to school.’ Peruse the list below for more information on the great work taking place in South Dakota.

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