Louisiana Farm to School Program expands under new grant

Catherine Losavio  |  11/30/2018 2:47:11 PM

(11/30/18) BATON ROUGE, La. — The Louisiana Department of Education Division of Nutrition Support, in collaboration with the LSU AgCenter, has announced an expansion of the multiyear effort supporting the Louisiana Farm to School Program.

This new three-year agreement, funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, is designed to advance efforts in three program areas: school gardens, education and curriculum, and local food procurement in schools.

The new agreement allows the Farm to School team to expand current projects and provide new program materials such asrecipes and curricula for Louisiana Harvest of the Month items; a school garden teacher certificate program; promotional materials for farm-to-school programming; and analysis of the economic and health impacts of farm-to-school and local food systems.

“We are pleased to be able to expand our farm to school efforts and reach out to everyone around the state involved in farm to school activities and those that may be interested,” said Carl Motsenbocker, an AgCenter horticulture professor and executive director of Louisiana Farm to School.

The $1.8 million USDA grant is provided to the Louisiana Farm to School Program through an interagency agreement between the state education department and the AgCenter.

For more information, contact Motsenbocker at cmotsenbocker@agcenter.lsu.edu or 225-578-1036, or visit www.LSUAgCenter.com/LouisianaFarmtoSchool.

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Harvest of the Month sweet potato quesadilla recipe is prepared and served at the 2018 Louisiana Farm to School Conference by LSU student Christina Dorcey, left, and Judy Myhand, instructor in the LSU AgCenter School of Nutrition and Food Sciences. Photo by Carl Motsenbocker/LSU AgCenter

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