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DPS “Farm-to-Cafeteria” Builds Community and Sustainable Food Source

Sep. 18, 2018

Contact: Alex Renteria, Manager of Media Relations,

Students will enjoy a menu of all local foods for lunch

Denver – Local food has become more than just a buzzword at Denver Public Schools (DPS). It is a lifestyle. On Wednesday, Sept. 19, Farmer Stephen, who tends to DPS’ two full-production farms, will host a tour of the half-acre farm at Schmitt Elementary.

All of the produce grown over the season on the school district’s two half-acre farms goes directly into schools. Each school year, DPS farms grow approximately 8,383 pounds of crops on school grounds. DPS also has 12 other produce producing sites known as “learning gardens” that are operated by individual schools and communities.

After the farm tour, accompany students as they enjoy a local-only lunch menu of Colorado bison tacos, locally grown spicy-corn and cucumber-tomato salad, Palisade peaches and Rocky Ford cantaloupe.

DPS Food and Nutrition Services has spent a decade improving the quality, nutrition and appeal of its school lunch offerings. Today, there are fruit and vegetable bars in every school cafeteria. Many baked items and entrées are made from scratch and students are offered a range of options, including vegetarian meals.

Interview opportunities in English and Spanish available.

WHAT: Take a tour of one of DPS’ half-acre farms and speak with DPS Farmer Stephen Join DPS elementary students as they enjoy a locally sourced lunch


WHO: DPS Farmer Stephen DPS students and educators
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 19

10:30-11 a.m.


Wednesday, Sept. 19

11-11:30 a.m.



Schmitt Elementary

1820 S. Vallejo St.


Schmitt Elementary

1820 S. Vallejo St.