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Murfreesboro City Schools announced that it received a $100,000, two-year implementation grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm to School Program to enrich the connection students have with fresh, healthy food.

MCS is one of only two school districts in Tennessee and one of 126 projects across the United States receiving one of the grants this year.

“Our aim is to consistently acquire locally or regionally sourced foods for our cafeterias and make it the norm for our students to receive a variety of freshly harvested vegetables to develop healthy eating habits,” MCS Supervisor of Nutrition Sandy Scheele said.

The MCS Farm 2 School program will continue to include applied learning and STEM opportunities like farm Saturdays, field trips, raised bed gardening, and greenhouses at school sites. A Farm Educator will work with teachers and students throughout the school year to add a hands-on approach to the Farm to School curriculum. 

Additionally, Farm 2 School will introduce hydroponic tower gardens in each school cafeteria to increase the harvest of fresh vegetables.

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