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KETCHUM — Blaine County School District will celebrate Farm-to-School Week from Oct. 16-19 with colorful fruit and veggie tastings at four schools: Bellevue, Alturas, Hailey and Hemingway STEAM School.

Local Food Alliance and Blaine County Food Council will help Blaine County School District’s food-service provider, Chartwells, hand out samples of everything from cucumbers and purple cabbage to patty-pan squash and white asparagus. Volunteers — including Blaine County Commissioner Angenie McCleary, local farmer Brett Stevenson and the Hunger Coalition’s Lynea Petty — will join Chartwells to encourage students to try new vegetables, herbs and fruit.

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Kids develop a taste for fresh healthy foods when they plant, grow, harvest, cook and eat them. The National Farm-to-School program helps cultivate these vital connections to food. More information: go to www.FarmtoSchool.org, call Stacy Whitman at 973-224-5750 or swhit24@aol.com, or call Heather Crocker at 208-578-5005 or hcrocker@blaineschools.org.

Founded in 2013, Local Food Alliance’s mission is to create a resilient local food system in the Wood River Valley. LFA collaborates with non-profits, schools, businesses, community food providers and farmers to bring fresh locally- and regionally-grown food to children and families. More information: www.LocalFoodAlliance.org. Blaine County Food Council is a grassroots group formed by members of the Hunger Coalition’s 2015 community food assessment.

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