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Green Mountain Farm-to-School in Newport awarded $102,000 USDA grant

Katherine Sims, Founder and Executive Director of GMFTS, in Burlington on Friday to receive their recent USDA grant.
Katherine Sims, Founder and Executive Director of GMFTS, in Burlington on Friday to receive their recent USDA grant.
NEWPORT — Green Mountain Farm-to-School in Newport picked up a $102,000 grant from the USDA on Friday. The grant was part of a larger $2.3 million that was given to Vermont from the USDA, aimed at creating jobs in rural Vermont.

The $102,000 awarded to Green Mountain Farm-to-School will be used to increase marketing and distribution opportunities to schools for agricultural-related businesses.

“At Green Mountain Farm-to-School, we believe that if we can change the way kids eat and think about food, we can have a positive impact on their health and the health of our farms,” said Katherine Sims, Founder and Executive Director of GMFTS.

Sims founded Green Mountain Farm-to-School in 2008 to improve childhood nutrition and support Vermont farms by connecting schools and farms through food and education.

The money in other projects will help farmers and small-business-owners with buying equipment, gaining access to capital and developing markets for their products.

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