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Produce Growers Hope To Find Place In Local School Cafeterias

The farm-to-table trend may soon make its way into your child’s school cafeteria.

Tierra Miguel Farm in Pauma Valley is one of many local farms that provides locally grown food for the San Diego Unified School District.
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Above: Tierra Miguel Farm in Pauma Valley is one of many local farms that provides locally grown food for the San Diego Unified School District.

Aired 5/3/13 on KPBS News.

The farm-to-table trend may soon make its way into your child’s school cafeteria.

The San Diego County Farm to School Taskforce hosted a showcase this afternoon to present California-grown produce to school district leaders throughout the county.

The event, called “Let’s Go Local!,” gave local growers the opportunity to present their produce to school nutrition directors and producers in hopes that more districts will join the move to include more nutritional school meals in their cafeteria menus.

School administrators shared their farm-to-school vision and their district’s budgets for purchasing California-grown produce. Representatives from more than two dozen San Diego school districts attended the event.

“I think San Diego is really driving something amazing in terms of the national farm to school conversation,” said Kate McDevitt of the Network for a Healthy California with the California Department of Public Health. “Essentially, what we’re trying to do here in San Diego is connect kids to local farmers and local farms so that they can not only see how food is grown, but also see the benefit of eating it and getting excited about tasting it in their homes and in their classroom.”

The Farm to School Taskforce is a subcommittee of the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative (COI), which works to promote farm-to-school initiatives and increase within schools the knowledge of where food came from, how it’s made and how waste is reused.

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