“Farm to School” Meeting Questions Quality of School Lunch
The school lunch landscape could soon change. The University of Maine Cooperative Extension program is working to accomplish that. They are trying to come up with ways to bring more fresh, local greens and other produce to your child’s cafeteria. The event was co-organized by a member of the FoodCorps service. Gusts included a farmer, food service director, and staffer from the Maine State Child Nutrition Service. The group is trying to strengthen relationships that could help affordably bring a variety of locally produced food inside area schools. In districts like RSU, that practice is already underway. “There’s a farm right across the street which raises cattle and they eat burgers at their school, at least part of the time, from the cows that graze right across the street,” says Betsy Miller Minott of the Maine Farm to School Network. U-Maine extension programs are open to all. If you’d like to learn more about the Farm-to-School initiative, visit farmtoschool.org.