Senator Leahy announces USDA grants to help schools in Orange County

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ST. ALBANS — U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy visited the St. Albans Town Education Center on Thursday to celebrate National Farm to School month and announce USDA grants awarded for school districts in Vermont to expand Farm to School activities.

The grants total $300,000 and will help schools in Orange County to connect their classrooms, cafeteria, and community to local food and farms.

The grant will also help schools in Franklin, Grand Isle, and Caledonia counties.

The celebration was held in the school garden and orchard, which was the result of a state grant and where several new raised beds were being constructed on Thursday morning.

“Farm to School is another Born In Vermont initiative,” Lehey said. “I have been proud to support this work on Capitol Hill and help this program reach 33,000 schools nationwide. Nutrition education is one of the best tools we have to help our children live healthy lives and to connect our farms to local markets. Thanks to Vermont FEED and all the Vermont partners who unite our classrooms, our cafeterias and our communities.”

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local agriculture.

After the outdoor celebration, guests joined students for lunch and enjoyed spaghetti with local beef sauce and kale caesar salad.

Farmer Angus Baldwin from West Farm also conducted a taste test with students for the guests.