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Local Farm-to-Cafeteria Movement Grows

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The state university campuses in Canton and Potsdam, St. Lawrence University, and Massena Central School District are among the hundreds of schools across the country that buy food locally. They buy fresh produce, bison meat, maple syrup, soybean oil, honey, even sunflowers from local farmers. The local effort used to be called the Farm-to-School Support Project. It sprang up three years ago in St Lawrence County. Now it has a new name--the North Country Grown Cooperative--a new delivery van and, thanks to a $3,000 grant, a new collection and distribution center at the Cornell Cooperative Extension facility on Rt. 68. Gregory Warner spoke with manager Sue Rau (RAOW) - she and her husband Andy Soutar had just returned from delivering the day's produce to SUNY Potsdam. The customers are satisfied, she said. In fact, they want more.

Sue Rau says she's always looking for growers, even if you're not part of the cooperative. Interested farmers can call her at 315-769-5061.

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