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Farm to school: districts incorporate local produce in menus

September 19, 2012
By Remington Whitcomb ( , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

CHAUTAUQUA - In June, a handful of representatives from various schools, farms and other organizations gathered at the Athenaeum Hotel in the Chautauqua Institution to discuss the plausibility of a new idea: incorporating locally grown produce into high school cafeteria lunches.

Often parodied in television sitcoms and movies, high school lunches do not have an outstanding reputation for quality and nutrition. The average Chautauqua County high-school cafeteria might need to serve an average of 300-500 kids every day, often times meals were prepared based on economy rather than nutrition.

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