School districts throughout Kentucky will hold special events to celebrate Farm to School Month in October and raise awareness of the advantages of serving local foods to Kentucky school children.
“Farm to school helps Kentucky students get access to fresh, nutritious local foods that will help them to grow up strong and healthy,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “At the same time, farm to school enables farmers to tap into a local market for their products. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program is committed to getting fresh, high-quality Kentucky Proud foods into our school systems. Our program is a national leader in the farm to school movement.”
The KDA’s Farm to School Program helps Kentucky school systems locate local foods to buy and serve to their students. The program runs the Junior Chef program, a statewide competition of high school culinary teams. Each “season” concludes with the state tournament in August at the Kentucky State Fair, where regional champions compete for scholarship opportunities and the coveted skillet trophy.