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      Buying Local Impacts More Than Just Area Farmers

      The impact of schools buying from local producers impacts more than providing fresh ingredients.

      Beyond buying local produce directly from each other, those resources may include building an edible garden on campus, field trips to the farm, and of course, eating fresher ingredients.

      "There's a huge economic impact too for local farms, and you'll see it in the communities as well. The kids, they get back home, the teachers get benefits from the learning about farming good food, good conservation practices, and the science behind all of it," said 'Farm to School' Coordinator Sarah Smith. "There's so many different angles to take when you are actually buying your food locally in healthy ways."

      The Center for Rural Affairs is reaching out to 22 schools in the Loup River basin, to participate in the 'Food to School' program.

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