Savona, N.Y. (WENY) - Students at Campbell Savona Elementary were given a healthy treat and a lesson when it comes to the importance of eating a healthy lunch. Cornell Cooperative Extension of Steuben County partnered with GST Boces after receiving a grant from New York State. The farm to school event was held during their lunch period and opened to all grades who were able to sample local grown products.
"We have farmers here talking about the product they sell or the product they grow. As well as honey, apples and bluebird trail farm, which is a diversified farm with a lot of different products," said Executive Director for CCE Steuben County, Larkin Podiselik.
During the event, students learned about the importance of agriculture and getting to know their local farmers.
Podiselik added, "We want them to know where the farms are and what is grown here in Steuben county. We also want them to tell us what they think. They're actually voting today on the Veggie patties recipe and if they like it, it might have a chance to be on the school lunch line. Which is really the whole goal for farm to school, to get local products on the school lunch line."
"I liked how they had yogurt there, its a healthy snack. I didn't really like the beehives, it scared me a little," said third grader, Jana Hoda.
Sixth grader, Samuel Kephart added, "I didn't love the veggie patties, for me I really don't like vegetables."
Assemblyman Phil Palmesano also attended the event. He took the time to talk with students as well as local farmers about their products.
"To see firsthand, products that are coming right from their own area, from farmers right here in this area and businesses right here in this area, to make that connection with our young people," said Palmesano.
Students at Campbell Savona Elementary could see the food they learned about in their school lunches in the near future.