Assemblywoman touting $300,000 farm-to-school program included in new state budget

April, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A North Country Assemblywoman says $300,000 for a farm-to-school pilot program will help promote healthy eating for St. Lawrence County students.

The pilot, which right now is underway at Madrid-Waddington Central, is being administered by the Adirondack North Country Association. A recent report from ANCA noted 16 schools in Jefferson and St. Lawrence County had spent just over $75,000 from the pilot program funds by Dec. 31.

The schools participating in Drive for 25 pilot program spent $57,811.93 on foods grown in the region and state. These districts spent an additional $18,060.47 in the local economy on local food related expenses.

"The first year of the farm to school pilot program showed great benefits for our farmers and growers as well as our students gaining access to fresh, locally grown foods in their school cafeterias," Assemblywoman Addie Jenne, D-Theresa, said in a news release. "A lot of time and effort was spent in year one setting a framework in place to connect our farmers and growers with local school districts. There was a learning curve and important connections were made. We should now be able to build on the successes we saw in the first year of this program and continue to build on that work in year two.”

Read the full article at North Country Now