Local food producers and a middle school helped student learn about sources of food at a farm to school event.
At Granville Middle School, food consumer science teacher Barbara Blatter saw the event as an opportunity to have students increase what they know about local foods.
Participants included the Ohio Beef Council, the Ohio Pork Council, and Velvet View Farmstead. “Granville [schools] gets its yogurt from Velvet View,” Blatter said. “Unfortunately, Velvet View and the pork council both had to cancel at the last minute.” The beef council sent literature for students to read.
Attendees who spoke to the students included representatives from Ballreich Potato Chip Co., Trillium Farms and Bird’s Haven Farms. During their lunch periods, they tolde what their companies do and why locally produced food is important to support.
“There are three big trends when it comes to food nowadays,” said John White from Ballreich’s. “Food sustainability, buying local, and traceability.”