Wednesday, February 06, 2008

New Site Connects Iowa Schools and Farms to Improve Nutrition

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey recently announced a new website for the Iowa Farm-to-School program, which is designed to improve child nutrition and strengthen local and regional farm economies by partnering farmers with local schools. The Farm-to-School program will provide an increased opportunity for schools to connect with local farmers to provide children across the state with fresh, locally grown, seasonal fruit and vegetables, meat, milk, eggs and nuts in their lunches. In addition to including local foods in school meals, the program also helps build a connection between students and the farmers that grow and produced their food. “I’m very excited about the opportunities available through the new Farm-to-School program to help students across the state eat better and develop a greater understanding of agriculture,” said to read more

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