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Perry County Schools
Farm to School
Cafeteria-Classroom-Community
Why Farm to School?
Perry County Farm to School Task Force was formed in
2010 with the following goals:
 Increase access ...
Schools Open a New
Market for Producers
In 2014, Perry County Schools served:
• 3612 lunches
• 2708 breakfasts
• 850 suppe...
Barriers
Time
 Purchasing from multiple local sources involves more
paperwork and takes more time finding local farmers
D...
How to Deal with Barriers
Seek Help!
 Partnering with community organizations
 The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, ...
• In 2014, locally grown apples, corn,
tomatoes, broccoli, strawberries, green beans,
watermelon, and milk were served in ...
Moving Forward
 Perry County is committed to continuing Farm to
School in order to:
 Provide fresh, great tasting food t...
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Perry County Schools: Farm to School

  1. 1. Perry County Schools Farm to School Cafeteria-Classroom-Community
  2. 2. Why Farm to School? Perry County Farm to School Task Force was formed in 2010 with the following goals:  Increase access to fresh, locally grown produce to students  Provide classroom education on sound nutrition practices, food systems, and agricultural sustainability  Stimulate community-wide interest in school nutrition, local food systems, and using agriculture as a means to economic development  Encourage increased consumption of fruits and vegetables  Ultimately improve the health of Perry County citizens  Decrease prevalence of chronic diseases such as obesity and diabetes.  Prevent morbidity and early mortality.
  3. 3. Schools Open a New Market for Producers In 2014, Perry County Schools served: • 3612 lunches • 2708 breakfasts • 850 suppers Our food budget is ~1.4 million • In 2014, 13% our food dollars were spent within Kentucky ranking Perry County 7th in the state USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant • Seven of our schools are offered fresh fruits and vegetables for snacks throughout the day
  4. 4. Barriers Time  Purchasing from multiple local sources involves more paperwork and takes more time finding local farmers Distribution  Perry County has 10 schools  The two farthest schools are 108 miles apart  Delivering to each school is not feasible when delivering a single product at a time Procurement Procedures  USDA and State regulations
  5. 5. How to Deal with Barriers Seek Help!  Partnering with community organizations  The Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky, UK Extension Agency, Eastern Kentucky University, and many more.  Perry County Schools applied for and received a USDA planning grant for 1 year  Able to hire two project interns (Karyn Knecht and Jason Brashear) and an AmeriCorps VISTA (Rachel Ackerman) to work full time on the Farm to School program.
  6. 6. • In 2014, locally grown apples, corn, tomatoes, broccoli, strawberries, green beans, watermelon, and milk were served in all 10 cafeterias • A Farm Field Day was held at Holliday Farms, were 320 second and third graders rotated through stations learning about grain, vegetable, livestock, dairy, chicken/egg, and bees/pollination. • In class cooking and nutrition education took place around the county, reaching 364 elementary students. • Chef Jim Whaley visited a Perry County kitchen to share his tricks with the cooks when cooking with fresh, local ingredients Farm to School 2014
  7. 7. Moving Forward  Perry County is committed to continuing Farm to School in order to:  Provide fresh, great tasting food to students so they are well nourished and ready to learn.  Make students aware of where their food comes from and why fresh food is important to their health.  Improve the community and local economy by providing a market for Kentucky farmers.

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