Official communication from both Virginia DOE (http://www.doe.virginia.gov/info_centers/administrators/superintendents_memos/2009/304-09.shtml) and VDACS (http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/news/releases-b/102809f2s.shtml) has been released encouraging every School Nutrition Director, community and the states agricultural industry to participate in sourcing local and regional foods for there cafeterias and lunch lines next week. As part of this initiative, special focus is being made to source Virginia apples for lunches.
Already, we are aware of many participating school districts such as Albemarle County, Goochland County, James City County, Augusta County, Harrisonburg City, Madison County several private schools in Richmond, Rappahannock County and Rockbridge County.
Many resources are available on the Virginia Farm to School Website: http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/marketing/farm.shtml. These include:
- Getting Started— Farm to School 101- http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/marketing/pdf/f2sgettingstarted.pdf
- Where to find Virginia Apple Growers- http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/marketing/pdf/applefarms.pdf
o Virginia Grown Apple Fact Sheet- http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/marketing/pdf/applefacts.pdf
- Virginia Produce Availability Chart- http://www.vdacs.virginia.gov/marketing/pdf/farmproducechart.pdf