Farm to School: more than a fresh lunch

It’s about more than just a fresh lunch. The Farm to School initiative serves fresh, local foods in schools, teaches students about the food they eat, and grows local economies.

A new documentary entitled Farm to School: Growing our Future showcases Farm to School in Minnesota and includes success stories as well as challenges that stunt the growth of Farm to School.

Farm to School connects schools with nearby farmers so that schools can buy fresh fruits, vegetables and other foods directly from local farmers. Such initiatives have been shown to increase young people’s consumption of fresh produce while also boosting local economies.  During the last four years, these types of partnerships have increased more than ten-fold, but some fear signs the success is leveling off or even decreasing.

The 30-minute television documentary was produced as a partnership between University of Minnesota Extension, the Minnesota Department of Health and Twin Cities Public Television (TPT), with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The public is invited to a free screening and discussion in Waite Park on Monday, April 23 at the Stearns County Service Center, 3301 County Road 138 (Room 121B) from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.  The event is free, but attendees are required to register at http://www.extension.umn.edu/farm-to-school/documentary/screenings.html.

For more information documentary and a complete list of regional screenings, visit www.extension.umn.edu/farm-to-school.

For the full story, see the Thursday, April 19 print edition of the Times.

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