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Area Schools Encourage Students to Eat Local Produce

By: Ruth Showalter Email
By: Ruth Showalter Email

November 9, 2010

Schools in the area are working to get students to eat food that is fresh and local.

As part of the yearlong program, students are fed vegetables that are locally grown.

The Farm at Red Hill says they are happy to help students to eat healthier.

"You've gotta be proud of what you have done [and] proud of how it tastes," said Richard Harrison, the owner of the Farm at Red Hill.

Teachers say is hard to figure out what kind of locally grown produce students like to eat.

"Apples are everyday, so I think they really enjoy those. Sweet potatoes yesterday, that was a big hit because it was a sweet thing for them," said Julia Green, the Greenbrier Nutrition Manager.

Another major aspect of the program is to help children learn to make healthy choices.

"Kids love choices. What we are doing here is to try and help educate them on making wise choices with your behavior, with your academics, and also with your food," said Jim Kyner, the Greenbrier Elementary Principal.

School officials are also teaching children not to waste their food.

"They have some guidelines in the kitchen for the portion sizes that they give the kids and then we also just try to encourage kids to eat their food," added Kyner.

Charlottesville City Schools and Albemarle County Schools are participating in the program.

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