US (WI): Aquaponic grower donates lettuce to area schools

In celebration of National Farm to School Month, on Monday, October 15th, Nelson and Pade donated over one hundred heads of fresh, aquaponically-grown lettuce to the Westfield and Montello public school districts. The lettuce is Certified Naturally Grown and it is grown in Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems at Nelson and Pade’s greenhouse facility in Montello, WI.

This is the fourth year in a row that Nelson and Pade has celebrated National Farm to School Month by sharing their fresh lettuce with the 9 public schools located in the Westfield and Montello School Districts.  Students, teachers and administrators have expressed their sincere pleasure in receiving this locally-grown lettuce to be served in the school lunch program. 

Farms around the country are embracing the Farm to School concept, which enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food procurement and education practices at schools and preschools. Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities. Farm to School empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.

Nelson and Pade is a national Farm to School Outreach Partner, and a statewide Green and Healthy Schools provider.

For more information:
Nelson and Pade
PO Box 761, Montello, WI 53949, USA
T: 608-297-8708

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