WILD CenterEncouraging Local Food in Our Schools

Tupper Lake, N.Y. - The Adirondack Farm to School Initiative announces its 2nd annual Farm to School Festival, to be held at the Lake Placid High School & Olympic Oval on Friday, May 30, 2014 from 4-7 pm. From 4 pm - 6 pm the event will feature area farmers, organizations, dinner with fresh local ingredients, live music from Big Slyde, student environmental groups from the Tri-Lakes, educational booths and activities. The event concludes with a special presentation by Mark and Kristin Kimball from Essex Farm from 6-7 pm in the Lake Placid High School Auditorium.

The Adirondack Farm to School Initiative is working with schools and communities to rebuild a healthy food system in the Adirondacks and create connections between classrooms, cafeterias, communities, and local farms. The goal of this initiative is to enrich children's bodies and minds while supporting local economies, bringing local food into school cafeterias and creating hands-on learning activities such as school gardens, farm visits, culinary classes, and the integration of food-related education into the regular classroom curriculum. We believe that through growing, harvesting, and preparing nutritious foods, children gain confidence, develop critical thinking skills, feel a sense of power over their own health, and can impact family purchasing, cooking, and eating patterns. In an effort to increase food security, support local NY economies and improve the nutritional value of food served in our school cafeterias, we are hoping to have 15% of school food purchases going to local farms in 2015.

The ADK Farm to School Initiative works in collaboration with Adirondack North Country Association, North Country Food Day Youth Summit, Paul Smith's College, Lake Placid Central School District, Saranac Lake Central School District, Tupper Lake Central School District, The Wild Center, Cornell Cooperative Extension, North Country Healthy Heart Network, and Adirondack Harvest. .

This event is open and free to the public, and all donations will support the Adirondack Farm to School Initiative.

For more information about the initiative or to learn how you can help, contact the Adirondack Farm to School Coordinator Ruth Pino, 897-1462 or pinorut@slcs.org.

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Contact: Tracey A. Legat, tlegat@wildcenter.org