Excellent news from California, where the LA Unified School District (LAUSD), is undertaking an initiative to source chicken with no antibiotics or hormones into the school lunch program there. The details can be found in this article at Seedstock (often a good source for school food news). As LAUSD is part of the Urban School Food Alliance, there is an opportunity for the lessons learned to be shared in the broader national community.
Note that the article identifies Tyson as pledging to remove “human” antibiotics from its chicken in 2017, so progress on that front, although we are left wondering what “human” antibiotics means. Anyway, hoping this is the continuation of a shift away from over use of antibiotics and hormones in our school food sources.
Good Colorado State University Extension Service source for info:
Good national farm to school source for funding sources and other farm to school info:
Nice article on community/school garden integration in Michigan
http://www.elpasocountyfair.com/ El Paso County Fair – July 18-25, good chance to support youngsters in ag in our area (see the 4-H schedules).
Time to revisit some good links if you are thinking of activities for the next year.
http://www.farmtoschool.org/news-and-articles National Farm to School news and articles, good source for funding and good news stories on the farm to school front.
http://www.ppugardens.org/ Good local resource for school/community gardens
http://dug.org/ Denver Urban Gardens, good resource for school/community gardens
Links for the month:
Farm to School
http://coloradofarmtoschool.org/why-colorado-needs-a-farm-to-school-bill/ background on the bill (HB15-1088).
http://www.growinggardens.org/ Boulder community site
National Farm to School
http://vermontfarmtoschool.org/schools/burlington-school-food-project Burlington Vt. has a well seasoned farm to school program!