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Concrete School District selected for Farm-to-School planning grant

Feb 3rd, 2014 | Category: News

CONCRETE – A Farm-to-School (F2S) Planning grant submitted last April by United General Hospital with the Concrete School District was selected for funding, according to Marjorie Bell, United General’s Program Planner for Community Health Outreach Programs in Sedro-Woolley. The proposal was only one of two U.S. Department of Agriculture F2S grants awarded in Washington State for 2014, and the only planning grant. Partners include the North Cascades Institute, Cascadian Farms, the Concrete Herald, and Washington Sustainable Food and Farming Network. Grant funds will allow the hospital and school district to form a F2S Advisory Team, Bell said, as well as conduct assessments, staff training and foodshed/seed to table education, identify local and regional vendors, purchase fresh food processing equipment, implement field trips to local farms, purchase a local CSA share for use in cooking classes, network with local and regional F2S partners, and other activities. An implementation plan will be completed at the end of the grant period, and submitted with an application for a F2S Implementation grant for 2015.

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