- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 28, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Agency of Agriculture says 89 percent of the state’s schools offer some type of farm to school programming.

The programs vary, but each district incorporates the ideas of classroom, community, and cafeteria.

In 2006, the Legislature created a grant program that would provide schools with seed funding to plan and implement Farm to School Programs. Since then, the state has spent nearly $775,000 to support farm to school programming.

In the past eight years, 70 schools or supervisory unions throughout the state have received Farm to School grants.

Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross says the programs help connect agriculture to the next generation of Vermonters, while also teaching students to make healthy choices.

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