Posted October 15, 2015
During Kansas Wheat Day, Randy Fritzemeier, Kansas Association of Wheat Growers board member and wheat farmer from Stafford, and his wife Kim, author of Kim’s County Line, joined Kansas Wheat staffer Julia Debes at Cottonwood Elementary School in Salina. The farmers were accompanied by representatives from the Salina USD 305 food services, Kansas State Department of Education and USDA Food and Nutrition Service.Divided between three second-grade classrooms, the trio talked with students about how wheat is grown on their farms and why wheat plays an important role in a nutritious diet. In addition, the farmers read “Celebrate Wheat,” part of Kailey’s Ag Adventures, to the student. Kansas Farm Bureau donated copies of the book for each student in the three classrooms. Afterwards, the farmers joined students in eating ham sandwiches at lunch.
Kansas Wheat Day was one part of a week-long celebration of the healthy and nutritious foods grown on Kansas farms that end up as part of school lunches. In addition to Kansas Wheat, the Kansas State Department of Education partnered with the Midwest Dairy Council and Kansas Pork Association to organize other school activities.
By Julia Debes