"Farm to School"

By KBJR News 1

November 10, 2011 Updated Nov 10, 2011 at 9:40 AM CDT

Buying locally grown foods is relatively easy for individuals not so easy for an entire school district.

In this week's "Your Green Life" Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson takes us to a Northland School that's bringing the farm to the children.

Remember the food you had in your school lunches?

Today's schools are trying to change that image. And Barnum Elementary school is taking that even further. Since the Spring of 2010 Barnum Elementary has been supplying locally grown foods for school lunches.

"There is baked potato, there has been squash, eggplant, today we've got pea pods, and there have been local grown strawberries", said Tom Cawcutt. Principle of Barnum Elementary.

The school's goal is to cut down on fossil fuels used to transport the food and also boost to nutrition for the students.
Items like Jimica Sticks, Bananas and Pineapples have all been added with great success and the schools is also introducing better quality meats.

"Even things like chicken nuggets kids like that, we don't offer chicken nuggets anymore. We offer chicken strips which come from whole breast chicken meat" said Tom.

The students seem to love the choices.

"Cause they are healthy for other kids to enjoy", said Murray.

Home grown school lunch was the first step. Now Barnum Elementary is incorporating these local and fresh foods for its breakfast menus.
In Barnum, Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson, the Northlands NewsCenter.

Since they have started serving these fresh items, the amount of food waste has decreased significantly.