$75K in farm-to-school funding available in Vt.

BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture says $75,000 is available for Vermont schools interested in applying for funds for Farm-to-School programming to serve fresh and nutritious foods.

The state has appropriated nearly $700,000 over the past six years to support the grant program, which has awarded 62 schools throughout the state with funds to support the integration of local foods in school cafeterias, classrooms and communities.

“Farm to School programs throughout our state are teaching our students to eat healthy and make connections with their local farmers, while also opening new markets for Vermont farmers,” said Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Chuck Ross.

This grant program is made possible by a collaboration between the Vermont agencies of agriculture and education and the Department of Health, VT FEED (Food Education Every Day) and the Vermont Farm to School Network.

The grants give schools support they need to concentrate on developing sustainable Farm to School programs, aid Abbie Nelson, director of Vermont FEED. “By connecting the classrooms, the cafeteria, and the community it is possible to change school food culture,” she said.

Applications are due Oct. 25.

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