School District Signs On as Customer for Our Farmers

IMG_2522Big news for us and our program of aggregated produce sales: Quitman County School District contracted with us to order 300 pounds of mustard and turnip greens from MDCFWOI’s Beginning Farmers.

That’s a lot of healthy eating in schools in our area of the Mississippi Delta. School cafeterias in this part of the country still cook, so kids are able to get food made in a kitchen and not presented in a plastic package. Our farmers are doing their part to produce and provide fresh ingredients for meals served in schools.

Our farmers grow produce in a variety of places in our region. They work their own small farms, land for which they have access agreements, backyard farms, and land that MDCFWOI and its community partners have arranged to make available for this purpose.

Funding over the past few years from USDA, through the Farmers Market Promotion Program and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, has provided support to elements of our programming to create a food hub and increase incomes for local farmworkers.

Currently, we are seeking to expand contracts and sales. Mississippi municipalities, county governments, and other school districts, come on! Call (662)326-0272.

 

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