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Farm-to-school food a kitchen and community effort
Friday, March 20, 2015 9:50 AM

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As the local-food movement spreads across the nation, more and more locally sourced fare is finding its way into public schools.
 
Identifying how divisions can cost-effectively purchase from local farmers was among the topics addressed at this week’s Virginia Farm to School Conference.
 
“I’m not saying that farm-to-school is cheap. I’m saying that we have to be cost-effective,” said Andrea Northup, farm-to-school coordinator for Minneapolis Public Schools. “We owe it to our movement to think cost-effectively.”
 
The two-day conference hosted by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services — which brought together farmers, educators and child-nutrition directors from across the commonwealth — was the culmination of a $20,750 U.S. Department of Agriculture farm-to-school grant.
 
Northup said it’s easy for communities to be swept away by schoolyard gardens and educational programs, and noted their importance, but said school divisions need to concentrate on getting the biggest bang for the bucks they spend on local food...READ MORE