The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service recently awarded a Farm to School Grant to the South Dakota Department of Education, reports KOTA News. The $24,000 award will help provide school cafeterias with locally-sourced foods from area farmers and ranchers. South Dakota was one of 65 projects awarded in the United States this year.
The state will partner with South Dakota State University’s Extension program and Dakota Rural Action to provide trainings on farm to school meal procurement. The 2015 USDA Farm to School Census showed that students at participating schools were more likely to try new foods, while participation rates increased and food waste decreased.
To learn more about education and training in the Black Hills region, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s online news archive.