WEST FARGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS and JAMESTOWN PUBLIC SCHOOLS CELEBRATE FARM TO SCHOOL WEEK

WEST FARGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS JOIN FRESH CONNECT FOOD HUB JUST IN TIME FOR FARM TO SCHOOL WEEK

JAMESTOWN PUBLIC SERVES UP FRESH FOR FARM TO SCHOOL WEEK

It’s back to school and that means school lunches, too. North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple proclaims Sept. 13-19 as this year’s North Dakota Farm to School Week.

WEST FARGO – Just in time for Farm to School Week, West Fargo Public Schools has partnered with Fresh Connect Food Hub to purchase local food as part of a Farm to School program. The food hub provides access to a number of local growers and fresh, local fruits and vegetables.

Fresh Connect is a regionally-scaled food hub located in Fergus Falls., Minn., serving a region of west-central Minnestoa and parts of eastern North Dakota.

Small and mid-size farmers sell produce to Fresh Connect and it in turns makes these products available for purchase by area schools and institutions such as hospitals, nursing homes, colleges and childcare centers. This consolidated purchasing, along with weekly delivery service, makes it easy for West Fargo Schools to be involved.

Seasonal local items including cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, melons and cucumbers are being purchased by West Fargo Schools for use in the school lunch program. Food Service Director Jan Sliper can taste the difference.

“The quality and freshness of the fruits and vegetables is outstanding. When students are served fruits and vegetables that taste good, we know they will consume more,” Sliper said.

JAMESTOWN – Shelley Mack Jamestown Public Schools will be serving a Farm to School “Harvest of the Month” Sept. 16 in the middle school and Sept. 17 at the high school. Locally grown fresh roasted potatoes and carrots from Forager Farm in Streeter will be served with sliced roast beef celebrating ND Farm to School Week.

For additional information on farm-to-school week, contact Sue Balcom at sbalcom@farrms.or