Push for local food links Missouri schools, farmers

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 | 7:08 a.m. CST; updated 5:49 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 15, 2011

COLUMBIA — An MU Extension program is working to connect public school districts with farmers to bring more locally grown food into school cafeterias.

Officials with the Farm to School initiative are holding a workshop Wednesday in St. Louis as well as a March 2 conference call and a March 30 session in Springfield. A similar session took place in Kirksville last month.

The Missouri effort comes as the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering grants of up to $100,000 in 2012 as part of a $5 million program to promote farm-to-school projects nationwide.

Workshop information can be found online at .


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Christopher Foote February 15, 2011 | 11:07 a.m.

I think this is a good idea. I'd like to see more agriculture subsidies redirected towards forward thinking initiatives that actually benefit people and not simply handed out to corporate agriculture.

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Allan Sharrock February 15, 2011 | 5:23 p.m.

I would like to see fruit and nut trees growing on the playgrounds of every school.

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