Vermont, a pioneer in farm-to-school movement, helping Northeast schools grow own programs

Associated Press

Vermont has made a name for itself getting more locally raised foods into school cafeterias and curriculum about nutrition and agriculture into its classrooms.

Now the state will serve as a classroom of its own to 13 schools around the Northeast and others who want to learn more about Vermont's farm-to-school model and develop their own plans.

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The Northeast Farm to School Institute takes place Wednesday through Friday at Shelburne Farms. It's funded by a $100,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, which will covers a year of mentoring to the schools after the workshop.

The institute is presented by Vermont FEED, an organization that works with schools and communities to raise awareness about healthy food, Vermont farms and good nutrition.