This story is about a farmer that builds a bridge (metaphorically speaking) from his fields to the school lunchroom cafeterias. In the process, fresh, and wholesome foods are provided to growing kids, and a small local food economy develops. This is part of a growing trend across the country.
Okay, if you’ve been following along, you know I like to see how things work…it satisfies the engineer in me (thanks, Dad!). And, I love to garden, cook from scratch, participate in my community, work toward leaving a smaller carbon footprint…did I say anything about my kids yet? 3 of them. All boys. All healthy eaters. And, all in school.
The National Farm to School Network is an ongoing grassroots effort to build a local food economy, a bridge between the farmer in the field and the student in the cafeteria. Kids are beginning to learn that broccoli actually tastes good, and administrators are learning that kids will eat healthy foods when they are fresh and taste good. When you factor in possible healthcare costs down the road, from diet-related illnesses, everyone wins: fresh, healthier food for school kids, support for local farmers, and less food waste at school.
Now, just imagine, if you are the lunch lady at school and you have thousands of hungry kids filing into the cafeteria that are yammerin’ for something good to eat. You’re hoping good healthy food, and the kids are probably just hoping for it to be good tasting!
Why not both?