Farm to School Event is Educational and Delicious

Students and community members will be ‘Shucking for their Supper’ as part of the Farm to School program, a relatively new initiative in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District.  Students at all four schools in the district will have the opportunity to select fresh corn on the cob for lunch tomorrow, September 16th.

The sweet corn comes from the Svihel Farms in Foley which will be delivered to schools today and needs to be shucked.  Students will have the opportunity to assist in the shucking throughout the day.  This will offer them a behind-the-scenes look at what happens to get food to their plate at lunchtime.  Community members and staff are also helping with the shucking as there are 168 dozen, or 2,016, ears of corn that need to be ready for lunch tomorrow.

Farm to School connects schools and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers.  There are about 70 Farm to School programs in the state.  For more information on the program, visit their website at:

Other local foods that have been highlighted in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District as part of this program include potatoes, honey, and beans.  


SMS Staff Lori Dornburg, Carol Brockman, Officer Dan Whitson, and Jennifer Olson help prepare the corn for lunch.

Superintendent Joe Hill; Therese Nierengarten, SMS Social Worker; and Julie Tripp; SMS Assistant Principal, get in on the shucking.

Zoey D. and Brittney W. enjoy their delicious corn.