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Local Food Hub to Celebrate Virginia Farm to School Week, November 8th 12th
11/6/2010

Organization to Provide 25 Public and Private Schools with Nutritious Produce from Local Farms

The Local Food Hub is proud to support Virginia Farm to School Week November 8-12, 2010 by supplying regional public and private schools with fresh, locally grown fruits, vegetables and meat. Participating schools include: Charlottesville City Schools, Albemarle County Schools, Greene County Schools, St. Anne’s Belfield, Charlottesville Day School and the University of Virginia. Local Food Hub will also provide informational material detailing the farms and produce, and a Local Food Hub representative will be joining some schools for lunch periods throughout the week. “The Local Food Hub is providing a variety of fresh food for Farm to School, including apples, carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, broccoli, cauliflower, peppers, winter squash, eggs and beef, all grown and produced by small farms right here in central Virginia,” says Head of Sales Alan Moore. “Our farmers are excited to see their food served to children throughout our region, and we are happy to continue building linkages between our local schools, farmers and community.”

Participating farms include Critzer Family Farm, Dickie Brothers Orchard, Double H Farm, Henley Orchard, Highland Farms, Porcello Farm, Radical Roots Farm, Tinder Farm, Sharondale Farm, Shepherd’s Hill Farm, Singing Earth Produce, Best of What’s Around, and Timbercreek Organics.

“The USDA Farm to School Week is an excellent opportunity to help students understand the link between where
their food comes from and what’s on their tray. When students understand where and how food is brought to the table, they are more likely to eat it,” says Alicia Cost, registered dietitian with Charlottesville City Schools.

“The more comfortable students become with new foods, the more likely they will be to make the choice for fresh, seasonal and local. We are fortunate to have the Local Food Hub in our community to help us bring seasonal and local food to our kitchens on a daily basis.”

“Virginia schools spend more than $6 million annually on fresh produce. Farm to School Week gives us a great opportunity to keep those dollars right here in our community, while also providing healthy, fresh foods for our kids.” says Local Food Hub Director Kate Collier. “Our dedicated community of individual supporters and foundations has been integral in making all of this possible. We hope the excitement around local food will encourage more people to get involved with Local Food Hub!”

A generous grant from Sophia Case and the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation is helping to pay for a portion of the foods supplied during Farm to School Week. The Local Food Hub is a nonprofit organization working to strengthen and secure a healthy regional food supply by providing distribution, education, and marketing services to more than 45 small family farms in central Virginia.

The group enables institutions, hospitals, public schools, nursing homes and area restaurants and markets to access a wide variety and consistent supply of healthy local food, while also providing apprenticeship opportunities and hands-on training and experience at its educational farm.

For more information about Local Food Hub please contact (434) 286-2176 or visit www.localfoodhub.org.


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