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“FARMraiser” Program Introduced at Cannan, NH Elementary School

By Helen Brody (August 4, 2012)

Valley Food & Farm (www.vitalcommunities.org/agriculture/index.htm)  is  working with the Canaan Elementary School Parent and Teacher Association (PTA), Dartmouth Hitchcock’s HEAL (HealthyEating, Active Living), and Steve Fulton (pictured) of  Blue Ox Farm in Enfield , NH to organize a “FARMraiser” at Canaan Elementary School in New Hampshire’s  Upper Valley.

A “FARMraiser” is based on the traditional fundraising model where kids sell items to parents and a percentage of the proceeds go to support the PTA at the school. In the Spring, instead of selling cookies or wrapping paper, the kids sold boxes of produce from Blue Ox Farm  for pick-up at the school in the Fall. Parents had the option to buy a box for the month of September, October, and/or November.

A percentage of the cost of each box goes to the PTA and the rest goes to the Blue Ox Farm. The program supports the PTA and a local farm while also getting fresh, local produce delivered to the school.

Interested schools in trying a FARMraiser in the Upper Valley area or who may want information for another area, contact Maggie Donin at Valley Food & Farm, 802-291-9100.

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