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Agriculture commissioner declares October Farm-to-School month to promote local food in Ky. schools

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has proclaimed October as Farm to School Month in Kentucky to raise awareness of the importance of making local foods available in Kentucky schools. “Kids need fresh, nutritious foods to grow up healthy and strong,” Commissioner Quarles said. “When schools buy local, farmers and food businesses benefit by finding new markets for their products. During Farm...

‘Potato-Crusted Bacon Cheeseburger Quiche’ proves a winner for Owen Co.’s Cuisine Rebels

Owen County High School’s Cuisine Rebels culinary team won the second annual Kentucky Proud Junior Chef competition. Participating in the trophy presentation were, from left: Tina Garland, Farm to School coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture; Agriculture Commissioner James Comer; Janey Thornton, Deputy Under Secretary for USDA’s Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services and...

Farm to School served 21 million students nationwide, including 350,000 in Kentucky

Staff report   Students saw, touched and sometimes tasted produce that were new to them at schools participating in Farm to School. (USDA photo by Lance Cheung) The first-ever census of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm to school program shows it purchased and served more than $350 million in local food during the 2011-2012 school year. That translates to 38,000 schools and 21 million...