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Fayette Farm to School Team receives service award for connecting students to agriculture

The Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has selected the Fayette County Farm to School Team to receive its 2014 Award for Community Service. This annual award goes to an individual or group that has promoted or enhanced the nutritional well-being of the community or has contributed significantly to the nutrition profession.

The team concentrates on these three Cs – classroom, cafeteria and community – to provide education and exposure to local agriculture. In the classroom, the goal is to implement nutrition, agriculture and sustainability lesson plans for a healthier lifestyle. In the cafeteria, students are invited to taste-test fresh and raw products and new recipes. And in the community, the team works to develop school and community gardens; supports field trips to local farms and farmer visits to the classroom; and participates in health fairs and community events.
Last year the Fayette County Public Schools Nutrition Program received a $45,000 Farm to School planning grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, and the F2S Team has been successful in its recent efforts.
The Fayette F2S Team is made up of many different stakeholders including but not limited to the Lexington-Fayette Health Department, FCPS school nutrition program, FCPS sustainability leaders, classroom teachers, parents, students, farmers, The Arboretum, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Fayette County Farm Bureau, Fayette County Cooperative Extension, Transylvania University, UK’s College of Education, Good Foods Coop and the Lexington Farmers’ Market.
From Fayette County Public Schools

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