This summer, campers at the Northern Virginia (NOVA) 4-H center in Front Royal will enjoy a healthier menu that includes locally grown produce and locally raised meats. The NOVA center, which has relied solely on food purchased from large foodservice distributors in the past, is the first 4-H center in the state to incorporate local foods into their meal planning. “Serving local food has mutual benefits for us and for the local economy,” said Win Iden, program director.
“Several factors led to our decision to pursue procurement of local foods for the camp,” said Iden. He listed “improved food quality, healthier food options, the opportunity to build relationships with local producers and support Virginia Cooperative Extension efforts in the local communities, the educational opportunities for teaching campers about making healthy food choices and learning where food comes from, and using food to teach campers about their place in the world and within their local community” as among the many reasons for seeking out local food. Continue reading