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The St. Johnsbury School is a winner of the 2011 Rozo McLaughlin Farm-to-School Implementation Grant.
 

Since 2007 the Rozo McLaughlin Farm-to-School Grant Program has been awarding Vermont schools with funds to integrate local foods into school cafeterias, classrooms and communities.The goals of this grant will be met through a collaboration between the St. Johnsbury School, the St. Johnsbury Food Co-op, and the local community.

The Farm to School program goals are:

  1. to encourage schools and school districts to serve food to Vermont students that is as fresh and nutritious as possible

  2. to maximize the use of fresh, locally grown, locally produced and locally processed foods

  3. to educate students about healthy eating habits through nutrition education, including using hands-on techniques to make the connections between farming and the foods that students consume; increase the size and stability of farmers’ direct sales market

  4. to increase school meal participation by increasing the selection of foods available to students

Farm-to-School Award Creates Community Collaboration

 “We are excited to involve school personnel, parents, businesses, farmers and really all segments of the population in this project!”  explains Farm-to-school coordinator, Melissa Bridges of the St. J. Food Co-op.  “We are forming three groups (community, cafeteria and classroom committees) to hold regular gatherings to move the grant forward.  We would love to hear from people interested in helping with this.  Example activities include cafeteria taste tests of local foods, farm field trips, and enhanced science curricula teaching the life cycle of local food.”

This grant program is a collaboration between the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Department of Education, Department of Health and VT FEED (Food Education Every Day). If you are interested in helping or finding out more about this community project you may contact Melissa Bridges at Melissa@stjfoodcoop.com or at 802-748-9498.

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You can also get more information at:

Vermont FEED:

Vermont Food Education Every Day (FEED) is a Farm to School program run as a partnership of three Vermont non-profit organizations. Vermont FEED grew out of a deep belief that the growing disconnect from our land, our food, and our Vermont agricultural roots was neither healthful nor sustainable. In addition, FEED found an important opportunity in simultaneously promoting the resurgence of local farms and increasing the equitable access to fresh, healthy food for all children through education and outreach in schools.

Farm to School:

Farm to School connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers. Here you can find information on the history and future of Farm to School.
Vermont Agency of Agriculture:
The Vermont Agency of Agriculture website provides information on the Farm to School Grant Program. Here you can find information on how to apply for a Farm to School grant, what other schools have been awarded the grant, and reports detailing the successes and obstacles of implementing this grant in schools from previous years.