nutter 2014On Tuesday afternoon 12.2.14 Budd Cohen and a team from CulinArt at PCOM (Steve Baumann, Judy Gammons) and the wellness coordinator from PCOM Laura Teran had the opportunity to attend a USDA press conference at Common Market. After the press conference wrapped up chef Budd took the opportunity to meet Secretary Vilsack. ” What a great opportunity to meet a visionary in the farm to school movement” Chef Budd reports, ” We have come a long way to make the farm to table movement become a true industry, and folks like Michael Nutter and Tom Vilsack are leading the charge.”

“USDA is proud to support communities across the country as they plan and implement innovative farm to school projects,” said Vilsack. “These inspiring collaborations provide students with healthy, fresh food, while supporting healthy local economies. Through farm to school projects, community partners are coming together to ensure a bright future for students, and for local farmers and ranchers.”

Secretary Vilsack made this announcement at Common Market, a pioneering food hub in Philadelphia that connects wholesale customers to farmers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Common Market is receiving a grant to support their “An Apple a Day” Program. The facility will act as a bridge between Pennsylvania Family Farms, a small Pennsylvania value-added processor, and public charter schools to provide food safety, product development, packaging, educational, marketing, planning, ordering and delivery support to farm and school food service partners.

Source: USDA

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