Commissioner Comer announces Morehead State joins Kentucky Proud Farm to Campus Program
For Immediate Release
Thursday, September 26, 2013
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FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Farm to Campus program will help Morehead State University find more local foods to serve to its students and staff, expand the local food system, and enrich the experience of students in the university’s agriculture program, Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said today.
Commissioner Comer announced the launch of the Farm to Campus partnership of Kentucky Proud, MSU, and ARAMARK, the university’s food service vendor, in a ceremony at the Derrickson Agricultural Complex.
“On behalf of the farmers in Kentucky and all the Kentucky Proud producers and vendors across the state, I want to thank you for your support of Kentucky farm families and Kentucky small businesses by supporting the Kentucky Proud program and using Kentucky Proud products all across your campus,” Commissioner Comer said.
MSU President Wayne D. Andrews said the university farm has produced four steers, 200 pounds of processed shrimp, 250 pounds of tomatoes, 50 pounds of lettuce, and 75 quarts of blackberries and blueberries for the student body and university staff through ARAMARK.
“Morehead State University is proud to be a partner with ARAMARK and the Kentucky Proud program,” MSU President Wayne D. Andrews said. “We encourage our farm students to dedicate some of their produce to use on the MSU campus. This enables our students to be a part of the whole process. We think this partnership can only help the whole MSU/Rowan County community.”
Under the Farm to Campus program, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will partner with MSU and other Kentucky colleges and universities to help with their buy-local efforts. Over the next two years, the department will target college campuses to put more shelf-stable Kentucky Proud products in their bookstores and gift shops, and more farm-fresh Kentucky Proud products in their cafeterias and food service systems.