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Concrete Farm to School Program receives community grants

Feb 2nd, 2017 | Category: News

CONCRETE – As Concrete Farm to School (F2S) enters its fourth year, the program continues to grow with the engagement and support of community partners. Northwest Farm Credit Services recently provided F2S with a Rural Communities Grant of $2,000 to improve the F2S Classroom/Kitchen, making it a more efficient place for students to learn and practice their culinary arts skills. The General Mills Foundation awarded a $15,000 Community Grant, which allows continued integration of gardening and culinary arts activities with standards-based classroom curricula. In 2017, Skagit Valley Food Co-op will donate 4% of total Co-op sales on Friday, April 28. Concrete F2S will use this percentage received as seed money to “adopt” a beef cow from Ovenell’s Double O Ranch, which will help supply a sustainable source of pasture-raised beef for school meals. The Concrete Farm to School is a partnership between United General District 304 and Concrete School District. Adele Eslinger, AmeriCorps/VISTA staff member with United General, has helped secure grants for F2S and said, “We want to express our deep gratitude for the continued support of our local community members and partners in Concrete, Skagit Valley, and beyond!” Since 2013, the program has been increasing student access to local, seasonal foods and providing hands-on food-related experiences in the cafeteria, classrooms, and community. A major milestone was reached in 2016 when we planted a school garden. The garden took root in early spring and grew throughout the summer and fall. Student-grown produce found its way into school salad bars during these three seasons. For more information on these programs in the Concrete School District contact Rachel Sacco at concretefarmtoschool@gmail.com or 360-854-7171.

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