FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –10/03/2016   Contacts: Michelle Morgan, Learning Landscapes and Grow Your Own Assistant, or               Tracy Griffith, Farm to School Coordinator, 276-623-1121



Appalachian Sustainable Development celebrates National Farm to School Month in October

Abingdon, Virginia, October 03, 2016 – Nationally known for its 21+ years’ experience in working with local farmers, Appalachian Sustainable Development (ASD) will celebrate National Farm to School Month in October with a series of events:

10/4/2016       3:00pm, Abingdon Farmer’s Market

Highland View afterschool students will go to the market for scavenger hunt, muffin tasting & shopping for local food from local farmers            

10/5/2016       9:00am, Fairmount Elementary School        

Making Butternut Squash Muffins with staff and interns to serve at Fairmount (10/11) and Anderson Elementary (10/14)

10/7/2016       9:00am, Van Pelt Elementary School           

Farm Animals on site to visit

10/11/2016     10:30am, Fairmount Elementary School      

Muffin Tastings for all children to experience the taste of harvest muffins

10/12/2016     3:30pm, Tennessee High School                   

Taste Tests & Cooking Class featuring Butternut Squash as the main ingredient

10/14/2016     10:30am, Anderson Elementary School        

Muffin Tastings for all children to experience the taste of harvest muffins

*Media is invited to attend any or all of these events.

ASD’s Executive Director, Kathlyn Terry explains, “Our experience with Farm to School initiatives began more than 12 years ago. We have taught students how to grow food, provided them with ways to harvest it, done taste tests, taken them to farmers markets, and more. Our work in teaching children to grow food has also proven that reaching children with food tastings and nutrition education as well as exposure to farming is crucial to changing eating behaviors. Reaching young people is so important because we are impacting local economies by creating the next generation of farmers also impacting health and wellness.”

National Farm to School Month is a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food. From taste tests in the cafeteria and nutrition education activities in the classroom, to farm visits and school garden harvest parties, schools, early care and education sites, farms, communities and organizations in all 50 states and D.C. join in the celebrations.

National Farm to School Month was designated by Congress in 2010 to demonstrate the growing importance of farm to school programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies and educate children about the origins of food. In 2014, Appalachian Sustainable Development was one of 82 projects spanning 42 states and the Virgin Islands that received support through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm to School Program, in an effort to better connect school cafeterias and students with local farmers and ranchers.

Appalachian Sustainable Development is dedicated to its mission to transition Appalachia to a more resilient economy and a healthier population by supporting local agriculture, exploring new economic opportunities and connecting people with healthy food. Since 1995, ASD has been serving northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. As ASD’s work continues, it will expand its focus to include regional partnerships that build important connections to increase market access and bring necessary resources to the rural communities in its physical footprint. ASD operates programs in sustainable agriculture/food system development and food access.

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