Sprouting Healthy Kids’ goal of July 27 Farm to School Program in Kansas City

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Source: Bistro Kids 
 
OLATHE, KS. –“Sprouting Healthy Kids” will be the goal of a Farm to School program set for July 27 at the Kansas City Academy.
 
The Farm to School initiative is a national effort to connect K-12 schools with regional or local farms to serve healthy meals using locally produced foods.
 
“The program teaches students about the path from farm to fork and instills healthy eating habits that can last a lifetime,” said Bill McKelvey, project coordinator of University of Missouri’s Extension Farm to Institution project. “At the same time, use of local produce in school meals provides a new direct market for Missouri farmers.”
 
There are more than 2,000 Farm to School programs nationwide. In Missouri, at least 15 schools use locally grown food in meals and snacks and 125 schools involve students in vegetable gardening, including several in the Kansas City area.
 
“We want to bring together key players—including school food service directors, teachers, farmers, distributors and state agency representatives—to network and discuss opportunities to develop Farm to School programs,” he said.
 
The program is sponsored by the National Farm to School Network with support from the Bistro Kids, the Kansas Rural Center and University of Missouri Extension.
 
The program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A healthy lunch made of locally produced foods and a school garden tour will be included. Cost is $25. The Kansas City Academy is located at 7933 Main St., Kansas City, Mo.
 
To register, go to 
http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e2ykf9xb7578832d

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