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Getting the School Cafeteria Connected to the Farm

April 12, 2010

BOSTON - Bringing the farm into the cafeteria and classroom... School food service directors across the state are taking a more serious look at programs that connect local farmers to the process of feeding school children.

Dana Hudson, lead coordinator for the Northeast Farm to School Network, says that even though New England has a rich agricultural history, many children lack fresh food in their diets.

"Whether that's the menus at home, or the menus at schools, we are so fortunate to be able to grow and raise such a variety of products. We have everything going on up here."

Hudson says the farm-to-school programs have great potential for teaching, on top of the health benefits.

"By bringing this fresh product to the schools, and getting kids fresh foods, it's a great way to address agricultural economy, childhood health, the educational opportunities for getting kids out on farms."

Hudson says farm-to-school not only provides healthy food choices for kids, but also creates economic opportunities for local farmers.

There's more information at www.farmtoschool.org

Monique Coppola, Public News Service - MA