USDA Feasibility Study Outlines Farm-to-School Option for SPACE Cleveland Preserve Farm
A new “Farm-to-School Programs for Cleveland Preserve” Feasibility Study was funded by a grant from the USDA’s Local Food Promotion Program and written by Broadmoor Planning and John M. Newman Planning. John Newman and Alissa Duncan, principal at Broadmoor Planning.
“This study not only presents a guideline for developing Cleveland Preserve Farm as a Farm-to-School resource,” notes SPACE Executive Director Andrew Waters, “it also looks more broadly at the resources needed in our food system to start getting more locally grown food into our schools, colleges, nursing homes, and hospitals.”
The Conservancy recently formed a long-term partnership with local farmers Brent & Sallie Belue of Thicketty Mountain Farms, who are working to institute sustainable farming practices on the property. The farm is now registered in the USDA’s organic certification program and is slated to become the first certified organic farm in Spartanburg County. Brent & Sallie will give a talk on their vision for the farm and provide a guided tour of the property.
Spartanburg School District Six is leading South Carolina’s efforts to introduce more local foods into school system food programs. The proposal outlines ways to incorporate the SPACE property into District Six’s plans.
“Promoting food system development and sustainable farming is the cutting edge for land conservation organizations in the United States,” says Waters. “We invite the public to our beautiful farm to learn more about these exciting efforts in our community.”
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