Students at five local districts are now eating food produced locally once a month for school lunch.
The Tiger Farm at Tioga Central School District hosted a New York Thursdays celebration last week.
Students, with the help of local farmers, planted and harvested potatoes and corn on property near Tioga Center’s athletic field.
On the second Thursday of each month, the school will serve locally grown or processed foods at lunchtime including apples from Lone Maple Farms, Lupo’s chicken spiedies, and potatoes from their own Tiger Farm.
“The new menu program not only involves partnering with more farms and processors to offer new recipes and healthy local foods to schools, it really provides an opportunity to integrate classroom and cafeteria education and involve the entire school and community with connecting with their regional food system,” said Food and Health Network Director Erin Summerlee.
After the celebration, which included produce shopping, livestock petting, and garden yoga, the students and guests were treated to an all-local lunch.
Chenango Valley, Johnson City, Vestal, and Whitney Point are also participating in the program.