25 Feb '14, 11am

Lunch money: Can school kids really eat local without breaking the bank?

Lunch money: Can school kids really eat local without breaking the bank?

This is part of a series in which we’re asking what pragmatic steps we can take to make regional food systems more sustainable. We previously spoke with organic farmer Tom Willey , the people at Veritable Vegetable , and a Slow Money guy . When I started asking about the prospect of serving local food as school lunches, I got two conflicting messages. The first message was exuberantly optimistic: By going straight to the farmer, schools could get regional, delicious, and healthy food at the same prices they were getting the normal mystery meat and “barfaroni .” This is good for the students, and it’s even better for the farmers. When Oakland Unified School District served California chorizo with local kale, “They used literally tons of organic kale, just from one lunch,” Zenobia Barlow, executive director of the Center for Ecoliteracy, told me. The second message was very ...

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