NKY Health Dept. to host Farm to School program on 10/31

NKY Health Dept. to host Farm to School program on 10/31 (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Public health experts in the Tri-State are looking for a few good “green thumbs”. They need help expanding a “growing” trend in many local schools

It is called the “Farm to School Initiative.” On Halloween morning, public health experts are inviting farmers, gardeners, parents, food service directors and even teachers to a special program.

It's designed to give kids a whole way to taste good health.

Linking schools to local produce is part of the second meeting which invites local growers to meet up with school administrators who are interested in programs like the outdoor gardening class in Covington, which is helping students like Joy and Bella learn how to grow things like “apples, strawberries, grapes,” according to Joy and enjoy them as part of a regular menu.

“Sometimes our school serves cucumbers and I eat them at lunch,” said Bella.

“We are focusing on getting schools the Farm to School Initiative, trying to get more education in the classroom about farm to school in the schools, how it's grown and then also trying to get foods from the school garden into the cafeteria and from local farms into the cafeteria,” said Monica Smith, who helps coordinate the program which is part of the “Eat Healthy Northern Kentucky” initiative.

The Northern Kentucky Health Department sponsors the program, and it is open to anyone in the community that might want to participate. There is no charge and the goal is to bring together new ideas.

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