And so it begins… public schools are back in session and Farm to School Week is off to a great start! Lots of schools in Virginia are participating; here in Central Virginia, Local Food Hub has partnered with Albemarle, Nelson and Greene Counties and City of Charlottesville public schools to get tons of fresh, local fruits, vegetables and meat on lunch menus all week. Many of these schools already source local products through Local Food Hub on a regular basis, but Farm to School week gives them an opportunity to take it up a notch and really celebrate.
Menus will include broccoli and sweet potatoes from Critzer Family Farm, spinach and butternut squash from Singing Earth Produce, asian pears and apples from Saunders Brothers, more apples from Henley’s Orchard, and drumroll please… 871 pounds of local, grass-fed ground beef from 6 farms — Prospect Farm, Sherwood Farm, Holland’s Three Rivers Farm, and Best of What’s Around.
If you’re a regular reader, you know that we recently held a mini-fundraiser for our Farm to School Fund. Community members, parents and even some out-of-state supporters all chipped and helped us reach — actually exceed — our goal. In just a few short days, we raised more than $850 from 31 amazing, committed supporters. These funds helped procure lots of local, grass-fed beef from local farmers at a fair price — a win-win for kids, parents, farmers, and schools.
Local Food Hub would like to publicly thank the following contributors to our Farm to School Fund. These folks came together and took action, all in the name of healthy kids, fresh food, and family farmers. This program wouldn’t be happening if it weren’t for their initiative. Thank you, friends!
2011 Farm to School Fund Heroes:
Best of What’s Around
Kara and Chris Burke
Kate Collier & Eric Gertner
Allie & Duncan Hill
Ann Marie Hohenberger
John & Ginni Manley
Are you celebrating Farm to School Week? Tell us about it in the comments. And if you’ve got kids at Stoney Point Elementary, tell them to come see us! Steve and I will be there for all lunch periods tomorrow (11/10).
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