From UP Floor to UP Meal Trays, Superior Central Class Received Grant for More Locally Grown Food | WJMN

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EBEN JUNCTION, Mich. (WJMN) — Superior Central’s agriculture and forestry class has received a $2,000 grant to support a project that will bring more local food into the dining hall. After meeting with farmers and food services to better understand their local food system, the students designed a project that will provide school-grown food for the school lunch program through innovative projects that capture passive heat to extend the growing season in their hoop house and uses the space inside more and more. Superior Central has been growing food at the school since 2012.

“Along with the rest of my classmates, I am very excited to work and make adjustments to our school so that we can provide fresh, local produce most of the year,” says student Clara Rondeau. Thanks to this project, they will be able to increase the number of days of the school year during which fresh local products are available. Students will work with farmers and food services to provide education and information to their school community about locally sourced foods purchased through the 10 Cents a Meal program.
and UP Food Exchange, an online food hub. Student Neo Wilson, member of Liberty Farms and Flour
Mill, says, “I like the idea that the projects we’re building will continue to increase the amount of
local foods used in our school.

In addition, this initiative deepens relationships between the school and area farms, which will host students for farm tours and leadership activities in the spring.

Student Eli Penney said, “I felt fulfilled working on this project with my fellow students. Gain experience in grant writing, teamwork and leadership. »

Producing and buying more local food to serve in schools is the main objective of the project. a score
components of farm to school, local food production and sourcing
community and expands the range of healthy food choices for students.

According to student Paavo Manisto, “During this project, I learned a lot about agriculture. Which changed my outlook and made me want to buy and produce locally grown food.

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