House Supports Alaska Grown Option in Schools
|HB 70 benefits students, farmers in Farm-to-School Program|
Posted: April 11, 2010
(Juneau) - The Alaska State House this weekend unanimously passed House Bill 70, also known as the Farm-to-School Act. The bill would heighten the presence of locally-grown produce in Alaska schools and create opportunities for students to be involved in agriculture. Representative Carl Gatto, R-Palmer, sponsored the bill.
Not only would this allow students a better understanding of nutrition, but there’s also an opportunity for farmers and gardeners in the business to have a dependable income stream.
Under HB 70, a Farm-to-School Program would be created to facilitate increased procurement of Alaska-grown food by schools. It gives farmers, distributors, and brokers more opportunities to sell produce, particularly to schools. In addition, schools would benefit by having direct access to these local farms and gardens to supply their kitchens with food. Schools would also have the authority to create a school garden or farm, allowing students to participate in organic or traditional farming methods.
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