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CPS receives USDA Farm to School grant

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on December 2 more than $5 million in grants for 82 projects spanning 42 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands that support the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through its Farm to School Program.
 
Columbia Public Schools will partner with the University of Missouri Extension to expand and integrate its farm to school program through the following key activities: Extend the use of local products by preserving the farm to school goods purchased for consumption during the non-harvest seasons; increase the amount of farm to school items served in the cafeterias by seeking additional opportunities to purchase local goods; extend the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program initiative to grades 6-7 in order to allow student tasting at all six middle schools; extend learning into the classroom through outside gardens that conserve on space and hydroponic gardens for inside use in the winter; promote a growing contest among middle school students to enhance learning; and increase curriculum emphasis on the scientific aspects of growing produce and the health contributions of eating produce.