The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets has announced $49,000 of available funding for Vermont schools interested in Farm to School programming. Any Vermont school, consortium of schools, or school district interested in a Farm to School grant can find more information and download applications at www.agriculture.vermont.gov.

All Vermont Farm to School Program applications must be received by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture no later than 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 28.

The state of Vermont has appropriated nearly $775,000 over the past seven years to support Farm to School programming. Since its creation, the Vermont Farm to School grant program has awarded 70 schools or supervisory unions throughout the state funds to support the integration local foods in school cafeterias, classrooms and communities.

"Farm to School programming helps build a culture of 'Ag Literacy' in our schools and communities," according to Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, Chuck Ross. "These programs are an essential part of building the connection between agriculture and the next generation of Vermonters, while also teaching our students to make healthy choices and ensuring food access for all."

"The grants support schools in their efforts to integrate food, farms and nutrition into their curriculum and provide access to healthy and local foods for all students," said Betsy Rosenbluth, project director of Vermont FEED (Food Education Every Day). "By connecting classrooms, cafeterias, and communities, students are engaged in creating a healthier and more sustainable school food culture."

This grant program is made possible by collaboration between the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Agency of Education, VT FEED (Food Education Every Day) and the Vermont Farm to School Network. For more information about the Farm to School Grant program contact Ali Zipparo at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture at (802) 505-1822 or alexandra.zipparo@state.vt.us.

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