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Strategy RC3.4: Establish a goal and identify strategies for percentage of food sourced locally for school lunches.

Strategy Description

The NC Farm to School program offers an opportunity for local schools to coordinate with local farmers and get fresh produce to students. Participation in the program for schools in the region varies:

  • Asheville City Schools participated in 2007, 2008, and 2012, but did not participate in 2013
  • Buncombe County has participated the last three years
  • Henderson, Haywood, and Madison counties have participated nearly every year

The first step would be to identify barriers to participation and level of participation. Next, develop strategies for increasing participation.

ASAP’s Gorwing Minds Farm to School Program engages youth in the local food movement | Image Credit: LandDesign

Recommendation

RC3: Support the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project (ASAP) in its mission to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.

Scale

Organizational
Local
Regional