Two St. Louis-area school districts are getting a combined $150,000 in federal "Farm to School" grants, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Monday.
The department is granting $50,000 to the Ferguson nonprofit farm EarthDance to supply produce to the Ferguson-Florissant School District and launch other efforts tied to school gardens and education.
And it's sending $100,000 to St. Louis Public Schools to improve a culinary arts program at Clyde C. Miller Career Academy and also expand a garden partnership to Clay, Columbia, Gateway, Patrick Henry, and Stix elementary schools, among other things. "Students will create prepared foods such as soups and sauces from local produce that will be served in school cafeterias," the USDA release said.
The grants were part of a $12.1 million nationwide total awarded by the agency, which it said marked a record level of funding for the second-straight year.
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