Colorado Kids Learn about Local Agriculture
BROOMFIELD, Colo.—Nearly 95,000 students enjoyed local food on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, in celebration of Colorado Proud School Meal Day.
Governor John Hickenlooper proclaimed September 14 as Colorado Proud School Meal Day to encourage schools to incorporate Colorado products in their menus, to celebrate Colorado agriculture and to educate students about agriculture and healthy eating.
“This year’s celebration reached more than 160,000 schoolchildren (a new record),” said Shaina Knight, Business Development Specialist for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. “Activities varied by school and ranged from eating locally sourced meals, harvesting school gardens and learning about nutrition and agriculture in the classroom.
”The Colorado Proud website features a map showcasing the variety of activities that took place at schools across the state. Highlights include a school in Ridgway, Colo. serving yak burgers sourced from a nearby ranch. Another school in Castle Pines, Colo. created a restaurant using local ingredients where students served their parents.
“Farm to school takes effort from all parties involved, and it’s incredible to see people willing to take the steps needed to benefit our economy and youth,” said Knight. “This day encompasses the very nature of bringing a community together by supporting local agriculture and expanding food choices.
”This event supports efforts of the Colorado Farm to School Task Force, with many of the partner organizations serving as Task Force members. The Task Force encourages the development of regional farm-to-school networks across the state.
Courtesy of the Colorado Department of Agriculture