The Boaz Intermediate School recently hosted the Alabama Farm to School Program. Local farmer Michelle Wade brought in fresh strawberries for all the kids to indulge in.
The Farm to School program offers direct marketing opportunities for farmers, including the ability to sell directly to schools.
According to its website, the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries has partnered with the North Alabama Food Bank, the Alabama Farmers Federation, the State Department of Education and local schools to increase local sales of commodities to be used in school cafeterias. This survey will help create a network of farmers who are capable of providing large quantities of locally-produced fruits, and vegetables to participating schools.
The program provides exposure for the local farmers, generating buzz and notice for their business, while also giving the students an insight to what farmers actually do. The farmers are able to visit the school during the program and get first-hand feedback from students on their produce.
Students responded well to the fruit and some even asked if they could have more.
“This is such a great program,” Brandy Tarvin, Child Nutrition Program Director, said. “The feedback from both students and parents have been wonderful.”
Tarvin said the school looks forward to continue working with the program and to keep giving the students a necessary change to the young students, diets.