NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Metro Schools will begin serving local fruit to elementary students this May as part of the new Farm to School program.
In early May, five elementary schools will participate in a Farm to School pilot program, where they will have the option to choose local strawberries grown at Green Door Gourmet, a 350-acre working farm located just outside of Nashville.
The strawberry pilot is the first of its kind in the school district and will pave the way for future programs and district-wide implementation.
The program is a collaboration between MNPS, Community Food Advocates, Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Tennessee Department of Education, which form the School Nutrition Alignment Team.
“We hope our efforts lead to greater expansion of the usage of farm fresh produce items from within our local community,” MNPS nutrition director Spencer Taylor said in a statement.
The team hopes to begin offering more locally grown produce in schools, such as sweet potatoes and snap beans, and is dedicated to serving students fresh and nutritious foods.