By Kelly Christensen
Fresh local food. School gardens. Better nutrition.
Those are the goals the National Center for Appropriate Technology had in mind when it applied for a federal Farm-to-School Program grant earlier this year.
The center is one of 71 organizations in 42 states that received the money, which will fund a two-year initiative in Butte and Boulder to bring more local food to school cafeterias.
“I think that today’s kids, and really even adults, are pretty disconnected from where our food comes from,” said Nancy Moore, program director at NCAT in Butte. “And that means our diets are less healthy. With local foods our diets could be healthier and we’d be supporting local economies a lot better.”