Help for Local Schools Connecting With Local Farmers

A news release last week from Purdue University Extension indicated that, “Local educators and community members can learn how to provide elementary and high school students with healthy meals and nutrition education through a new training program offered by Purdue Extension in partnership with the Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems and the U.S. Department of Agriculture‚Äôs Sustainable Agriculture and Research Education (SARE) program.

“The Farm-to-School Professional Development Training initiative will help connect local schools with area farmers, said program organizer Jodee Ellett, local foods coordinator for Purdue Extension.”

The news update stated that, “Participants will learn how to procure locally sourced meats and vegetables for food service operations, as well as how to incorporate good eating habits into the general education curriculum.”

Last week’s update also provided the following additional information:

“Five action committees from throughout the state will be selected to participate in the training. All Indiana K-12 schools and districts, public and private, are eligible to apply.

“Action committee members will be required to attend a one-day workshop on Aug. 29 in a central location. Participation is free, funded through a USDA grant. The application deadline is June 15.

“The application is available online at https://www.purdue.edu/dffs/localfood/purdue-resources/f2straining/. A paper version is also available to download.

“For more information, contact Ellett at 765-494-0349, jellett@purdue.edu, or go to https://www.purdue.edu/localfood.”

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