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Sierra Harvest, school districts to launch California Thursdays

Sierra Harvest is partnering with the food service directors from the Nevada Joint Union High and Grass Valley school districts to serve students healthy lunches made exclusively with California-grown ingredients each Thursday.

The California Thursdays program is a statewide initiative started in 2013 by the Center for Ecoliteracy, a Berkeley-based nonprofit that promotes ecological education.

Currently, there are 42 school districts in 20 counties throughout the state participating in the program; participating school districts are able to take advantage of recipes, resources for finding produce vendors and trainings provided by the nonprofit at no cost.

Aimee Retzler, co-director of Sierra Harvest, said the program “fits beautifully” with Sierra Harvest’s Farm to School program and its existing partnerships with the Nevada Joint Union High, Grass Valley and Grizzly Hill school districts to incorporate locally-grown produce and healthier options into school meals.

California Thursdays “just really seemed like a no-brainer once we found out about it,” Retzler said.

The program will launch in March, Retzler said.

The California Thursdays program is an opportunity for Sierra Harvest to not only make students more aware of where their food comes from, but encourage them to develop healthier eating habits.

“We really wanted to be involved in a program that was impacting children’s health on a daily basis,” Retzler said.

To contact Staff Writer Emily Lavin, email or call 530-477-4230.

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