A University of Missouri Extension program is aiming to partner schools with local farmers in an effort to help children and the economy.
The Farm to Intuition Project, is setting up partnerships between school districts and local farmers. Project Coordinator Lorin Fahrmeier says there are benefits to the community and the students. Fahrmeier says it’s an effort going on in 78 school districts across the state.
She says this helps the local economies by keeping money local. But she says the healthier food and the education that comes with the program can also fight the growing number of obese children.
She says in many schools, pictures of the farmers that grow the food for that school will be hung up in the cafeteria. She says some schools even take visits to the farm where that school’s food is grown to help students see where fresh produce comes from.