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Getting Local Food to Area Schools

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Local farmers may find it easier to get their food into area schools.

The state is giving the southern tier farm to school project $75,000. The money will be used to hire a pair of people to help train food staff, buy specialized equipment to transport specialty crops and to recruit farms.

"We have a lot of farms which aren't used to selling to schools. It's a little different of a relationship because you're selling to a lot more than if you were selling to a grocery store or the farmer's market," said Erin Summerlee of the Food Health Network of South Central New York.

The program will focus on getting more locally grown fruits and vegetables into area schools.