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 http://hcrc.missouri.edu/farmtoschool .
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