• 11Mar

    Press Release: Contact: Ben Lilliston, (612) 870-3416, ben@iatp.org

    Participation rises from 10 to 123 districts in 4 years, new survey finds

    Participation in Farm to School is growing exponentially among Minnesota K-12 school districts, benefiting students and local farmers, according to the third annual Farm to School survey published by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).

    Foodservice leaders at 165 Minnesota school districts, representing 50 percent of the K-12 districts in the state, responded to the survey. The survey found that the number of Minnesota school districts engaged in Farm to School rose from only 10 districts in 2006 to 123 in 2010.

    Farm to School programs are designed to help educate children about how and where their food is grown, strengthen local economies and support healthy eating habits. The survey, conducted in partnership with the Minnesota School Nutrition Association (MSNA), also found that Minnesota schools are purchasing a growing variety of foods from local farmers. Apples, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, winter squash, peppers, watermelon and carrots are among schools’ locally grown favorites. Read more »

  • 08Jan

    2011 Come to the Table Conferences: Communities of Faith Relieving Hunger and Supporting Local Farmers. Registration is now open!

    Choose from three regional events, each with Friday workshops and lectures and Saturday tours and service opportunities at local projects and ministries. Read more »

  • 31Mar

    Article From:

    Monday, March 29, 2010; By Leslie Parsons: The Middletown Press

    DURHAM — Dozens of farmers met with public officials at Greenbacker Farms on Wallingford Road Saturday morning. Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan discussed issues concerning farmers, which ranged from the price of milk to the public perception of the humanity of animal slaughter.

    The discussants were first led on a tour of the facilities by Melissa Greenbacker, who took the group on a tour of the farm’s cow barn and milking parlor.

    “There are more politicians here than we thought there was going to be,” said part-owner Ricky Greenbacker. “But that’s a good thing,” he said, adding that it was good to have “someone from Washington to listen to you.”

    Before Merrigan fielded queries in a question-and-answer session moderated by Executive Director of the Connecticut Farm Bureau Association Steve Reviczky, she was welcomed by Reps. Rosa DeLauro, D-3, and Joe Courtney, D-2.

    “Your presence is exactly what we need at this time,” Courtney said.

    “It’s wonderful to have someone in your position who understands that there is agriculture (here),” Delauro said. “We have someone in the deputy secretary who knows all about these various areas.”

    “I understand the importance of having agriculture in a close-knit community,” said Merrigan, who is from Greenfield, Mass.

    In her opening remarks, Merrigan was quick to address the concern about dairy prices that were on the minds of many of the farmers who attended. Dairy prices are set by a national formula.

    “Things are going downhill again,” she said, adding that the Dairy Adjustment committee will soon be meeting to discuss the issue.

    “We have a short-term problem, and we need long-term fixes as well,” she said.

    Her focus, however, wasn’t only on dairy farming.

    To read the entire article go to: http://www.middletownpress.com/articles/2010/03/29/news/doc4bb0142e16d7c586679640.txt

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