Louisiana Farm to School Conference set for Oct. 9-10 in Baton Rouge

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The third annual Louisiana Farm to School conference will be held on Oct. 9-10 at LSU’s Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Hosted by the LSU AgCenter, the event will emphasize the three main components of farm to school — education, school gardens and local food procurement.

Farm to School programs aim to increase students’ ability to access healthy, local food products by linking schools with local farmers and producers. Farm to School works to enhance students’ knowledge of agriculture through learning opportunities such as farm visits, cooking demonstrations, school gardens, food tastings and classroom curriculum, said Louisiana Farm to School program assistant Sydney Melhado.

Attendees will hear about incorporating local foods, school gardens and Farm to School educational activities into their school communities. The conference will offer three track options: sourcing, growing, and learning.

Each track will feature success stories and best practices from experienced professionals as well as a community component, a networking session and hands-on activity. “The three tracks this year will allow us to present a variety of material to all the attendees in a more interactive environment,” Melhado said.

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