Jet Duval, a student at John F. Kennedy Middle School in Northampton, MA is served lunch by Mass.Teachers Assoc. President Paul Toner ( on left) and National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel. USDA Undersecretary Kevin Concannon is to the left of Toner.
A top official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture visited a western Massachusetts school today to highlight a growing initiative that is giving more than half-a-million children across the county access to locally grown food.
On the lunch menu Wednesday at the John F. Kennedy Middle School in Northampton was chili with brown rice, or a chicken patty on a whole wheat roll. At the end of the cafeteria line children could help themselves to corn, green beans and sliced oranges.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick visited a third generation family farm in western Massachusetts to announce a new round of grants to help sustain farm operations across the commonwealth.
Governor Patrick announced grants totaling $700,000 to 11 different farms including vegetable farms, livestock operations, a cranberry farm and a goat dairy. The grants, ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, will be used for infrastructure improvements such as new greenhouses and barns or to purchase energy- efficient equipment.