by Tim Church
HOLLISTER/SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Thanks to a grant from the United States Department of Agriculture, the Taney County Health Department is supplying the Hollister and Springfield Catholic School Districts with the funding needed to become a farm-to-school community.
The USDA Farm to School Program gives schools the chance to source local foods and provide students with agriculture, health, educational opportunities through food gardens, farm field trips, and cooking lessons, according to Farm to School Coordinator Dr. Amy Patillo:
Patillo shares the farm to school grant is a two-year grant that provides both the Hollister and Springfield Catholic School Districts with 50-thousand-dollars each:
Patillo adds the Taney County Health Department’s Farm to School program is also currently looking for local growers and community partners who are interested in participating in the Hollister and Springfield Catholic school programs.
Additional information on this program can be found here.
Top Photo: Photo credit: University of Missouri Extension, Hollister R-V School FFA students and their sponsor are shown teaching a farm to school lesson to third and fourth-grade students at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Springfield. Hollister FFA students in front of the class, from left to right, are Devon Parkinson, Garrett Moody, Mr. Buttram, Hollister Ag. Education Instructor, Olyvia Rowland, and Danny Parkinson.
Bottom Photo: Photo credit: University of Missouri Extension, Blessing of the Springfield Catholic Greenhouse