Farm to School Month

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Did you know that this October we are celebrating the first annual National Farm to School Month?

What is Farm to School Month? In November 2010, Congress approved a resolution to officially designate October as National Farm to School Month as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies and educate children about the origins of food.

Here’s what the Florida Department of Education has to say about the event:

The Florida Department of Education, Food and Nutrition Management in partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Bureau of Food Distribution will be hosting the First Annual Florida Grown School Lunch Week on October 24-28, 2011.  The week will kick off with an event at the Capitol Courtyard on Monday, October 24, 2011 from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm in Tallahassee (in the event of inclement weather this event will be held on the 22nd floor).  

The event will highlight locally grown products in school lunches, demonstrations by culinary staff that work with growers and schools, displays from school districts which showcase local foods in school lunches, and school-based nutrition education activities to promote locally grown and raised food.  Commissioner of Education Gerard Robinson (pending acceptance), Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services Adam Putnam (confirmed), and Governor Rick Scott (pending acceptance) will be on site to proclaim October 24-28, 2011 as Florida Grown School Lunch Week.

We will be joining in on the events at the capital for Florida Grown School Lunch Day. See you there!