Photo: Farm to school to capital

Courtesy photo
Courtesy photo

Trista Grigsby, director of nutrition services at Rappahannock County Public Schools (that’s her in the center of the back row with short dark hair) represented Rappahannock at a reception last month for the recipients of the first USDA Farm to School Planning Grants in Washington, D.C. While there, Grigsby discovered that Rappahannock’s grant, in partnership with Page and Orange counties, was one of just 68 awarded nationwide and one of only two in Virginia chosen from more than 400 applications. The program the grant helps start up is meant to explore new ways to allow schools to serve more locally produced food. The meeting brought together planning grant recipients from as far away as Hawaii to explore marketing tactics, to discuss the legalities of procurement and to share ideas.

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