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In collaboration with local school districts, the Academy of Science St. Louis, and other organizations- including Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis- the Missouri Botanical Garden is convening a 2-day Foodology for Schools: Let’s Grow! School Summit for the Greater St. Louis Region. This summit is aimed at getting healthier and fresher vegetables and fruits into school cafeterias and homes, and takes place July 23-24, 2013 at the Monsanto Center at 4500 Shaw Boulevard.

Learn ways to get healthier, fresher, more locally grown fruits and vegetables into school gardens, cafeterias, classrooms, and family kitchens.

Designed as a focused, productive and inspiring forum for district leaders and decision-makers, school food service professionals, school gardeners/ groundskeepers, educators, plus parents and students, the summit promises to shine a deserving spotlight on existing efforts in our community while also propelling and challenging participants to get better and do more on this critically important front.

foodologyA Foodology for Schools: Let’s Grow! Resource Guide will be among the outcomes, and will document existing success stories from across the region while also serving as a comprehensive community resource for anyone and everyone interested in transforming our students’ food habits, culture, and future. The guide will be disseminated throughout the region and beyond. To encourage collaboration within and among schools, participants are encouraged to register as a team from either the same school and/or district. To learn more about each day’s agenda, visit this link.