The following is a press release from NC Public Schools
Eleven school districts received the first-ever Farm to School of NC Awards from the Farm to School Coalition of North Carolina for their achievements in expanding and enhancing farm-to-school initiatives in the state. The awards were presented during the recent Farm to School of North Carolina 2019 Summit in Raleigh.
School districts received awards based on 11 criteria such as purchasing local food, use of local food in school meals and student taste tests, collaboration with local farmers and food partners, support of healthy local food environments, classroom curriculum, hands-on cooking, hands-on gardening, community engagement, and other areas.
State Superintendent Mark Johnson congratulated the award-winning districts during the summit.
“We are honored to be a part of recognizing local education agencies with the Farm to School of NC Awards that have gone above and beyond in promoting farm to school, working with local farmers, preparing and serving healthy meals featuring local ingredients, integrating agriculture, food and nutrition education into schools, and inspiring students with future career opportunities,” Johnson said.
“Farm-to-school initiatives provide educational opportunities for students related to agriculture, health and nutrition and connect schools, farms, and communities to improve student health and academic performance.”