Youth celebrate local food and agriculture

ALBANY—Farm to You Fest 2009! takes place in schools and communities throughout the state October 5 to 11.
Officially known as New York Harvest for New York Kids Week, this annual event is a celebration of local food and agriculture, state Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker announced in a press release.
“Farm to You Fest 2009! provides an exciting opportunity for schools and their communities to learn about New York State agriculture, enjoy locally grown foods, and inspire healthy food choices in students. We are pleased to once again sponsor this event and provide schools and supporting organizations with an assortment of materials that aid in filling their student’s stomachs and brains with nutritional goodness,” the commissioner said in the release.
During the weeklong promotion, school food service directors, teachers, principals, parents, nutritionists, 4-H clubs, librarians, farmers and others are encouraged to organize fun and educational activities for students in pre-school, elementary, high school and even college.
Many schools will celebrate local, healthy foods by featuring New York farm products on their school lunch menus.
Other examples of celebrations include: classes having guest speakers such as a farmer or nutritionist, students taking a field trip to a local farm or farmers market, libraries suggesting a farm or food related reading list, or a variety of school-wide or community events that incorporate activities for all ages.
In addition to the fest week, harvest events are planned throughout the entire month of October. A list of local Farm to You Fest activities across the state can be found at http://www.agmkt.state.ny.us/f2s/news.html.

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