LOOKOUT - Sure, there's pizza, chicken and fish, but guess what else is on the menu?
Yellow tomatoes and purple carrots have made their way to the trays at Divide Elementary School in Lookout.
"It's all about good quality and good quantity produce, and that's
what I've been able to achieve for the last couple years," West Virginia
Homegrown Farms founder Chad Smith told WOAY.
Produce from Smith's weekly harvests go straight to Fayette County Schools.
"You're putting right back into the community, and he's putting back
into us, and we're educating the students and the children," Principal
Steve Rhodes said.
The "Farm to School" initiative began years ago in an effort to
educate parents and students about nutrition. With the help of cooks,
kids are getting the option to munch on some leafy greens.
"It took a couple weeks for them to probably want to try a yellow
tomato, but once they tasted it, they noticed that it tasted even better
than their typical red tomato that they're usually getting," Smith
Peyton Sheaves is a fifth grader at the school.
"You get to like pick like salad and stuff," he told Newswatch. "You
get to pick out your food. They don't just tell you, 'You have this
School administration agreed.
"You've not lost your nutrients in the food," Rhodes said. "It's not
frozen. It's fresh, and it gives the kids something to strive to be.
They may want to go into agriculture."