Local food partnership will serve healthier school meals

In southeastern New Brunswick, Canada, school districts and a co-operative of farmers are joining together to put more local food on the menu in school cafeterias this year. Really Local Harvest, a co-operative of 28 farms in southeastern New Brunswick, and the school district have created a new non-profit group that will supply and operate the local cafeterias.

As one of its goals, the organizers aim to feed nearly 8,000 students in the school district with the long-term goal of spreading the idea across the province.

Kent Coates, the owner Nature's Route farms and president of Really Local Harvest, is busy is working at his farm in Point de Bute these days. He grows his vegetables without the use of pesticides and he said he is excited that more children will be eating more of them because of this new partnership with the school district.

"Eating fresh foods is going to have such a huge benefit on health," Coates said. He continued, "The U.S. and Canada are not the most renowned around the world for having healthy lifestyles, and this is definitely one step in the right direction."

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