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Local foods begin cropping up in schools in October

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Last updated 10/10/2019 at 10am

Throughout our nation, 42 percent of schools have contributed $789 million dollars to local foods through farm to school programs.

This October marks the eighth annual National Farm to School Month, a time to recognize the importance of improving child nutrition, support local economies, and educate communities about the origins of their food.

In the U.S., 23.6 million students have become engaged in programs such as school gardening, locally-sourced lunches, and sustainable agriculture education. These hands-on activities have turned pulling weeds and snapping beans into math and science l...

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