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May 14, 2012 - CBS Minnesota
Fresh farm produce in school lunches that's the goal of the Farm to School program. Now a new documentary is showing how the program is working here in Minnesota. Read More.
May 14, 2012 — Marianne Carlson, Waseca County News
On Thursday, May 24 beginning at 3:30 p.m. the Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC) in Waseca will host a screening of the new documentary “Farm to School: Growing our Future.” One of the ways that communities across Minnesota have dealt with the health, education and economic impacts of the childhood obesity epidemic is by forming “Farm to School” partnerships. Read more.
One in three children in the United States is overweight or obese. One in five preschool children are overweight or obese. Childhood obesity is shaping up as one of the major health challenges of the 21st century, Mary Story says in the new documentary, Farm to School: Growing our Future. Story is a professor in the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Read more.
The premiere of the documentary, Farm to School: Growing our Future, was like a real Hollywood premiere, a Cannon Falls farmer said. John Peterson of Ferndale Market said it was fun to take in the premiere, which included a reception beforehand, a red carpet and visiting dignitaries including the Minnesota Commissioner of Health Edward Ehlinger and president of Twin Cities Public Television, Jim Pagliarini. Read more.
Marleen Webb, food services coordinator for Bemidji School District, is excited for the growing season to come into full swing because it means students will again be receiving fresh and locally grown food. This summer is the fourth year the school district will participate in the Farm to School program, an initiative supported by the University of Minnesota Extension that connects schools and students with food grown from nearby farms. Read more.
The general aim of the 'Farm to School': Expose kids to unprocessed foods and the farmers who grow them, help school districts develop relationships with producers and ensure that our school nutrition dollars are spent here, where they can be reinvested in this agricultural, economic and cultural ecosystem. Read more.
GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — The idea of buying local is making its way into schools. It's a new initiative called "Farm To School" which is aimed at getting fresh foods to students, while also boosting the local economy.
A new documentary, "Farm to School: Growing our Future," which was produced in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension, The Minnesota Department of Health and Twin Cities Public Television is also part of the initiative.
Barb Mechura, Nutrition Services Director in the Hopkins Public Schools, took part in the documentary and joined us on KARE 11 Sunrise with more on the project. Read more.
It’s about more than just a fresh lunch. The Farm to School initiative serves fresh, local foods in schools, teaches students about the food they eat, and grows local economies. A new documentary entitled “Farm to School: Growing our Future” showcases Farm to School in Minnesota and includes success stories as well as challenges that stunt the growth of Farm to School. Read more.
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