Read in the Herald that Legislators in Olympia yesterday passed a bill to better connect schools with local farms. Currently schools are required to go through regional and national distributors to get produce. The Local Farms Healthy Kids bill appropriates $1.5 million towards cutting out the middle man, getting food straight from farms into the cafeteria and benefiting both local farms and kids. Yay!
I just found out this week that Growing Washington, a local nonprofit, already delivers local food to 7 nearby schools through their pilot Farm to Cafeteria program. Kids are also learning about local and regional farms and food systems. Cool beans, man. I expect we’ll see much more of this in the coming years, especially with state support.
This week is nutrition week at school, so the boy has a project where he is tracking all his food intake for five days. Dang, no doughnuts for dinner this week. A local orchard (probably Bellewood acres) came in to the school and did an apple taste test with the kids.
The winner: Fuji
The loser (duh): Red Delicious.