12/15: Farm-to-School initiative is healthy

Moderated by Rick Badie

Local produce is finding its way to the lunchrooms of Gwinnett County’s public schools. This month, the state’s largest school system received a “USDA Best Practice Award” for its efforts to provide students healthy and nutritious food.

Below, a Gwinnett school official explains the program.

And I talk to advocates about the farm-to-school movement.

5 comments Add your comment

williebkind

December 15th, 2011
3:45 pm

Good ideas in this present administration will get regulated to “DEATH”.

hryder

December 15th, 2011
3:20 pm

Being aware of the USDA and schools that attempted farms to schools totally puzzled me until realizing the need so many bureaucrats have for weilding power over others. Federal mandates and their implications will NOT permit farm to school without a tremendous “red-tape” maze for farmers to find their way through. The normal, and understandable, reaction by farmers is to just sell to middlemen. This produces more agricultural products and more profit for them without all the time spent, paper work, and headaches associated with meeting federal dictates.

Hillbilly D

December 15th, 2011
1:59 pm

Locally grown produce seems to be an idea that is in it’s infancy but one that has merit, in my opinion. Not only is it helping the local producers but it’s also cutting down on transport and the costs involved, not to mention that cutting down on the number of hands it passes through, means fewer people taking a slice of the pie.

Most produce that you buy at the grocery store is bred for ease of transport and shelf-life. Locally grown things don’t have the shelf life but they usually surpass the store bought stuff in taste.

If this idea can get off the ground and get the logistic wrinkles can be worked out, it should be better for everybody. And if we can get it to work with produce, then let’s expand it to other products as well. Let’s take care of our own.

the watch dog

December 15th, 2011
8:01 am

Well, when you say farm to school, does the farmer drive right up to the school and unload is produce? That would be farm to schooll. If it goes to a vendor and then to school it is farm to vendor and he gets his cut of the money.
Take my dad for example, during the war he was in the chicken business. The chicken laid the eggs and they were put into large cartons and deliveded direct to the hospital. That is direct from farm to consumer.
I can not help but remember that famous General Patton line in “Patton”. He spoke to the soldiers and said”atleast when the boy asks what did daddy do during the war,dad will not have to say”shoveling s####t in tennessee.

Dr. Craig Spinks/Georgians for Educational Excellence

December 15th, 2011
3:35 am

KUDOS to the GCSS for thinking AND ACTING outside the box.