Vegetables move from the farm into local schools

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America is one of the most obese nations in the world.

The Georgia Deaprtment of Education has created the Farm to School initiative about three years ago, but now, more organizations are coming together to navigate school nutrition and support local farmers.

Dorie Nolt, Assistant Director of Communications, says "it's sort of a three-pronged approach. It's not only nutrition, it's also curriculum and science and helping children understand where their food comes from, why agriculture is so important to the Georgia economy and hopefully inspiring the next generation of the Georgia agricultural leaders."

Through this program, students are being taught how to plant and cultivate, to get closer to the Earth and understand how valuable the knowledge of vegetables and growing and eating healthy actually is.

170 schools in the state of Georgia have received HealthierUS Schools Challenge grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for creating healthier school environments through the promotion of nutrition and physical activity.

Nolt says that the school board really wants "the schools to explore and experience and find the best ways to implement Farm to School and gardens in their school building."

If you want to volunteer or get involved in this initiative, contact your local school.

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