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Anderson County's Farm to School Program


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Presentation by Allison Schaum regarding the Farm to School program in Anderson County, SC, and other related projects supporting local food systems in the Upstate.

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Anderson County's Farm to School Program

  1. 1. 2010 Sustainability of SC Local Food Systems Workshop Introducing “ Grow with Me” Anderson’s Farm to School Program
  2. 2. Why Pursue an Autonomous Local Food System? $ 500,000,000.00 $ 30 – 60 Million (6 – 12 %)
  3. 3. Economic Development
  4. 4. Health Benefits Chronic Illness Food Security Environmental Benefits Development Storm Water Run-off & Air Standards Economic Benefits Farm Profitability Cost Savings Social Benefits Stronger Community Protect Our Culture
  5. 5. Farm to Institution Farm to School “ Grow with Me!” Farm to Restaurant
  6. 6. “ Grow with Me” Mission By incorporating educational components with the substitution of local produce on cafeteria menus we will improve the health of our children, foster better environmental stewardship, boost the local farm economy and rebuild relationships between “eaters” and farmers.
  7. 7. “ Grow with Me” Vision Local Food in Schools The main goal of the farm to school program is to provide farmers a viable market in their community to sell produce, while supplying our schools with the freshest food possible. Farm Field Trips This component of the program strives to rebuild a connection to where food comes from and who is growing food in our local communities. Nutrition Education With the loss of connection to where food comes from, there has also been a disconnect with preparing food and healthy eating. The nutrition component of the farm to school program consists of cooking demonstrations and classes to help students learn to enjoy preparing and eating healthy fresh foods. Schools Gardens Students will eat what they grow. The school garden component is the link between healthy eating and reconnecting students with their agricultural heritage.
  8. 8. “ Grow with Me” Current & Future Programs Local Food in Schools Summer – tomatoes, cucumbers Fall - Blackberries Spring – strawberries Long Term - Substitute as much as possible Schools Gardens Expand to more schools Nutrition Education “ Ag in the Classroom” Taste Tests / Cooking Demonstrations Farm Field Trips Anderson County CVB database to promote farms offering tours.
  9. 9. “ Grow with Me” Current Status <ul><li>Currently building upon strawberry, tomato and cucumber quantities from previous year for lunch line </li></ul><ul><li>USDA grants allowed purchasing of LOCAL raspberries, peaches, grapes. </li></ul><ul><li>Finalizing details on blackberries in lunch line for 2011-2012 school year . </li></ul>
  10. 10. “ Grow with Me” Recent Accomplishments <ul><li>American Recovery and Reinvestment Act </li></ul><ul><li>Kitchen Equipment Grant </li></ul><ul><li>District 1 $19,045.97 Double Oven </li></ul><ul><li>District 2 $16,407.25 Walk in Freezer </li></ul><ul><li>District 3 $25,000 Walk in Freezer </li></ul><ul><li>District 4 $25,000 Full size Double Oven </li></ul><ul><li>District 5 $22,500 Combo Oven </li></ul><ul><li>Total ARRA grant=$107,953 </li></ul>
  11. 11. “ Grow with Me” Accomplishments
  12. 12. “ Grow with Me” Accomplishments
  13. 13. 2010 Sustainability of SC Local Food Systems Workshop Discussion