Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Franklin County “Farm to School Forum” Saturday, April 2 at Greenfield Middle School

Franklin County “Farm to School Forum”
Saturday, April 2 at Greenfield Middle School

A consensus is building that eating locally grown food is good for local economies and good for a community’s overall health and well being. Many would like to see quality, local produce served as part of a school’s breakfast and lunch program. According to proponents, if New England schools bought just 5 percent local foods, it could boost the region’s agriculture economy by $7.5 million.

So what is being done to achieve this goal in Franklin County? The public is invited to participate in a “Farm to School Forum” on Saturday, April 2 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm at the Greenfield Middle School, 195 Federal Street, Greenfield, MA. The forum will explore what is currently happening in area school districts, the obstacles to utilizing local foods, and the systems that need to be developed to integrate local farm products into our schools and institutions. The forum is sponsored by the Franklin County School Committee Caucus.

According to Kelly Erwin, Farm to School program director for Massachusetts, “From kindergarten to college, interest in serving locally grown foods in cafeterias is increasing in Massachusetts and throughout the northeast U.S.”

“Feeding locally grown foods to students can be a good way for food service directors to improve the nutritional value and taste of school meals, while supporting the local economy,” Erwin stated.

For further information, contact Marcia Day, chair of the Franklin County School Committee Caucus at email: marciaday@comcast.net; or contact the Farm to School Forum organizer, Genevieve Fraser at (978) 544-1872, or email: FraserGenevieve@gmail.com. Refreshments will be served.

1 comment:

  1. This was an awesome event! Thanks for organizing it!