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‘Farm-to-school’ grants offer schools opportunity to address infrastructure, nutrition gaps

A new two-year, $500,000 grant program can help Connecticut schools improve on child nutrition through "farm-to-school" programming. Overseen by the Department of Agriculture and with funding through the American Rescue Plan Act, schools can tailor the grant to address infrastructural needs, whether a stove or a new greenhouse; to buy local farm fresh food; or to integrate experiential learning opportunities with agriculture. Schools may teach kids about where their food comes from, but how often is that experience hands-on?

Hear from FoodCorps along with local schools and farms about why farm-to-school programming isn’t a niche extracurricular, but a factor of food security.

  • Dawn Crayco - FoodCorps Northeast Regional Director
  • Joey Listro - New Britain ROOTS Founder and Executive Director; New Britain Board of Education Wellness Committee Chair
  • Erika Bahler - Agricultural Science & Technology Education Department Head at Rockville High School
  • Monica Maccera-Filppu - Common Ground High School Executive Director
  • Zania Johnson - Micro2Life Co-founder
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