York County Farm-to-School Meet & Greet, May 11

Partners for a Hunger-Free York County are hosting an informal “meet and greet” for those interested in Farm to School initiatives in York Country, in North Berwick on Friday, May 11th, from 1 to 3 p.m. Via the York County Farmers’ Network:

Please join us in North Berwick, this Friday, May 11th from 1-3pm for an informal “meet and greet” with school folks from York County who are interested in making connections with local farms. Farm to School inititiatives can take on many shapes and sizes – but the important thing is getting kids exposed to as much fresh, local food as possible – in as many ways as possible.

Friday, May 11th, 1-3pm, 2nd floor, North Berwick Town Hall, 21 Main Street (parking on the street)

We’ll share some refreshments, make connections and exchange ideas. Some items to discuss include:

-USDA funding for farm to school initiatives
-Successful models for cooperation
-Harvest days and other events
-Building a database of available produce and school wish-list
-Possibility of using the Cumberland/York County Co-op (for school food services) to make contracts for local food purchases
-Update on funding for additional Senior FarmShares for York County
-Hear about the May 12th statewide Farm to School conference in Thorndike
-Visit and shop at the North Berwick Farmers’ Market which starts at 3 in the parking lot of the Town Hall

and more…..

Erin MacGuire from Chellie Pingree’s office will join us, as well as some school folks from Cumberland County too who would like to connect with farms and farmers.

We’ve had a good response from Food Service Directors – and I hope some farms will be able to be represented too!

Please contact Kristine Jenkins, Partners for a Hunger-Free York County at (207) 409-9193, kristineljenkins@gmail.com for more details.

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