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Feed My School, Georgia Grown Program, increases agriculture awareness




Feed My School, Georgia Grown Program, increases agriculture awareness

Claxton Elementary School students have learned more about local agriculture, and the importance of eating nutritious meals as a partner in the Georgia Department of Agriculture “Feed My School for a Week-Georgia Grown” program. The Evans County School District was one of five systems in the state that received this grant funded program this school year. The goals of the program were to help bridge the gaps from farms to cafeterias, improve the nutritional quality of meals served in Georgia schools, increasing local and Georgia-grown produce used in cafeterias and agricultural awareness among students.  Efforts also resulted in local farmers finding new markets and clients for their products, improving the economic viability of local agriculture.
During the week of May 4-9, students at Claxton Elementary School participated in farm tours, ag. education, and learned how their food is grown on farms in Georgia and brought to their tables at school and at home.  Students also participated in the Mobile Dairy Classroom presented by the Georgia Dairy Farmers.  Nicole Karstedt, Mobile Dairy Classroom coordinator for Georgia, brought a dairy cow from Dublin, Ga., to teach kids that milk doesn't come from the grocery store or the refrigerator. 

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