Decatur Farm to School

DF2S April 2015

Decatur Farm to School (DF2S) is a Wylde Center program that works to improve nutrition, knowledge of where food comes from, hands-on outdoor education, environmental awareness, and appetite for fresh fruits and veggies by leading efforts in the classrooms, cafeterias, communities, and gardens of the City Schools of Decatur. The DF2S committee is led by parents, teachers, community members, Wylde staff members and has been active since 2010.



DF2S  was introduced to teachers and staff at a district-wide professional learning day in January of 2010.  Avalon Catering, a local gourmet catering business, worked with the district’s kitchen staff and high school culinary students to prepare and serve a delicious lunch made from fresh locally-sourced foods.  Representatives from DF2S spoke to the group, and teachers and staff completed a survey to assess knowledge and interest in Farm to School concepts.


  • In addition to the traditional lunch line at the middle and high schools, there is a new cafeteria line called “Fast ‘n Fresh” including a salad bar, and either a sandwich station, baked potato bar, or other specialty bar. This line replaces the “a la carte” line at the high school) where nachos, fries and other less healthy items were previously sold).  Fries, ice cream and cookies are sold on Fridays only.
  • Each month we spotlight one locally grown fresh fruit or vegetable and offer this item once a week on the lunch menu at all schools.  “Produce of the month” has included fresh, local watermelon, tomatoes, apples, and greens.
  • Volunteers have conducted taste tests of the “produce of the month,” asking students if they liked the new produce items and if they would try them again. Student feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
  • In addition to the “Produce of the month,” we buy as much locally grown produce as possible.
  • Cooks Warehouse, a local gourmet cooking store and school, has sponsored and led three hands-on cooking workshops for all school nutrition staff. Recipes focus on working with fresh produce, and some of these recipes have been incorporated in the school lunch menu.



  • Funded by a Kaiser Permanente grant received by the Decatur Education Foundation, the Wylde Center and Georgia Organics trained more than two dozen Decatur teachers in Farm to School concepts and helped them develop activities and curriculum experiences to bring Farm to School ideas to the classroom.  Classroom activities have included taste tests (students taste new menu items, then graph and present data as a math lesson), video production (students wrote and produced a video commercial for vegetables), and studies of worms and compost.
  • Activities developed in these teacher trainings are being compiled and shared so that other teachers can incorporate Farm to School concepts in their teaching.
  • Students and teachers were able to attend the 2010 Georgia Organics conference funded by the Kaiser Permanente grant.



Now that F.AVE has installed their garden, all of the schools in City Schools of Decatur have gardens!  Six of the eight schools actively participate in garden-based education during the school day as part of the Wylde Center’s Garden to Classroom program.

DF2S Dine-Out and Raffle

Dine Outs are a fun and delicious way to support Decatur Farm to School. Plan to dine (or take out) at your favorite Decatur restaurant and help raise money to support instruction, school grants, scholarships, internships, and more! Purchase raffle tickets in advance or at a participating restaurant to help raise additional funds for Decatur Farm to School.

Purchase your raffle tickets in advance. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. You do not need to be present to win. Winners will be pulled on November 30. Your name will be included in a drawing where you will have a chance at winning restaurant gift certificates, merchandise, and so much more. We will take care of filling out your raffle tickets with your name and contact info.  If you win an item, you will be contacted to pick up your item at the Wylde Center office located at 435 Oakview Road, Decatur, GA  30030.  Any gift certificates that you win will be mailed to your home.


Raffle Items

Purchase your raffle tickets



Volunteers needed to sell raffle tickets at participating restaurants. 


Decatur Farm to School Grant

The Decatur Farm to School Executive Committee members would like to invite you to apply for a Decatur Farm to School Grant! Who can apply? Teachers, Administrators, PTA members, or parent volunteers on behalf of their CSD School.

The Wylde Center’s Decatur Farm to School Grant Program was initiated to support the City Schools of Decatur (CSD) in their efforts to provide farm to school experiences to their faculty and students. Up to three $500 grants will be awarded to CSD per school year. Each school may only receive one grant per year. Funds may be used for garden support, field trips, teaching experiences, and/or materials, as related to farm to school education. Your application must be received no later than Thursday, September 7, 2019.  The Decatur Farm to School Executive Committee expects to select up to three grant recipients by September 15, 2019. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision. If selected, the school is obligated to use the funds and complete the objectives by the 2019/2020 school calendar year. What funds are not used by the end of the school year will be returned back to DF2S. Decatur Farm to School requests that, upon completion of funded task(s), grantees provide a written summary, with photographs and additional documentation, as needed. Written summaries and/or any additional documentation, such as photos, may be included in a future DF2S school newsletter. Questions? Please contact Nichole Lupo at


Internships will return in the spring of 2020.


Volunteer with Decatur Farm to School

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Decatur Farm to School program. Decatur Farm to School (DF2S), a Wylde Center program is a grassroots effort to connect City Schools of Decatur with local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in their cafeterias, improving student nutrition, and providing health and nutrition education opportunities that will last a lifetime. DF2S activities take place in the cafeteria, in the classroom and in the garden. Volunteer opportunities include helping with taste tests, organizing volunteers, Dine-Outs, communications, the mini-grant program, and more!

Interested in having your name added to our volunteer list? Contact

DF2S Newsletters

Check out our latest newsletter here! 2018 Spring DF2S Newlsetter (Published 4/2018) 2