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USDA Awards $99K to District for Farm to School Program

Posted by Alan on November 15, 2012 8:49 AM | (Not Filed) |

NFSN_logo.pngThe USDA announced more than $4.5 million in grants to increase local foods in eligible schools, including $99,058 to the Fayetteville Public Schools (FPS) for the Farm to School program.

FPS has been developing a farm to school program since 2008. Experience with local procurement and educational programming provides a strong foundation for FPS to expand and institutionalize a sustainable farm to school program. The proposed project will build on Fayetteville Public Schools' past experience and existing community partnerships to develop a comprehensive farm to school program that will have dual health/wellness and economic prosperity impacts. The program will increase farm to school awareness through educational events, experiential learning, and curriculum integration while simultaneously integrating activities related to sourcing local and regional foods into everyday workflows and meal preparation by food service staff. The program will provide culinary training and improve food processing capacity to ensure local products are utilized in school menus throughout the academic year on a regular basis. The program will also provide educational and networking opportunities for existing and future producers.