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Concrete receives Farm-to-School funding for culinary skill development

Dec 2nd, 2015 | Category: News

CONCRETE – A USDA Farm-to-School (F2S) Implementation grant submitted last May in a partnership between United General District 304 and Concrete School District was selected for funding, according to Marjie Bell, United General’s Program Planner for Community Health Outreach Programs in Sedro-Woolley. Hundreds of applicants across the country competed for a limited amount of funding and according to USDA, “Concrete’s application stood out among so many others because it demonstrated strong experience and readiness to conduct farm to school initiatives and showed that you are thinking critically about opportunities and challenges.”

Senator Kirk Pearson visited with Concrete Elementary students on Taste Washington Day in October. Photo Courtesy of Jason Miller/Concrete Herald

Senator Kirk Pearson visited with Concrete Elementary students on Taste Washington Day in October. Photo Courtesy of Jason Miller/Concrete Herald

The Concrete Farm to School program provides field trips to Upper Skagit farms, garden and cooking-based classroom activities, scratch cooking, a Harvest of the Month program, and more. The two-year USDA grant funding allows the Concrete School District to offer a series of 12 culinary skill development classes for kitchen staff in Skagit and Whatcom school districts and Skagit/Islands Head Start. Instructor and Culinary Consultant Kent Getzin from Wenatchee School District will teach participants to confidently cook food from scratch using fresh, local ingredients and increase the procurement  and use of local produce. This project will be a catalyst for advancing Farm to School and Farm to Pre-School throughout the region.

–Marjie Bell

 

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