Get Smart, Eat Local Is The
Theme Of NH Farm To School Program Event Oct. 3-9
Contact: Sharon Keeler
UNH Media Relations
September 30, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. -- Get Smart, Eat Local is the theme of the New Hampshire
Farm to School Harvest Celebration October 3-9, 2004, as freshly
harvested local produce takes center stage in school cafeterias,
classrooms and communities in celebration of healthy foods and farms.
In formally proclaiming “Farm to School Harvest Celebration
Week,” Governor Craig Benson called on farms, schools and
communities to “celebrate the benefits of local agriculture
in their schools and communities.” Materials including posters
and recipes are available on the program’s web site, www.nhfarmtoschool.org,
to assist schools in creating a unique celebration for their students.
“What better way to teach kids to eat their fruits and vegetables
than by serving food from local farms in their school,” says
NH Farm to School program coordinator El Farrell, of the University
of New Hampshire’s Office of Sustainability Programs, one
of the sponsoring organizations. “That is what New Hampshire’s
Farm to School program is all about,” Farrell adds “getting
local agricultural products into our school system.”
The NH Farm to School Program began last fall with the integration
of state grown apples and cider into the school cafeteria. By the
end of May, school children in more that 70 schools had been enjoying
locally grown Macs and freshly pressed apple cider.
One of the program objectives is linked to enhancing healthy nutrition
efforts in schools. By offering fresh, healthy products, the program
seeks to help reduce the alarming obesity and diet-related disease
A related and equally important objective of the NH Farm to School
Program is the development of local markets for local foods.
“When schools procure foods from New Hampshire farms, they
support local economic development and community stability by retaining
and multiplying dollars in the state,” says Farrell.
Besides direct purchasing, the program aims to make schools, students
and their families more aware of local farms and their contribution
to the heritage, environment and economy of the community. Profitable,
productive farms are the basis of a local food system that maintains
New Hampshire’s agricultural land, expertise and infrastructure
and that strengthens food security for all its citizens.
The NH Farm to School Program is a collaboration of the UNH Office
of Sustainability Programs and the NH Coalition for Sustaining Agriculture,
funded by USDA Sustainable Research.
For more information, contact 603-862-4088.