CANFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – Canfield High School students got a taste of local food for lunch on Friday thanks to a farm in Columbiana.
“It’s always a great thing to see a new variety of food coming from a great place,” said senior Dylan Kuhn.
Lamppost Farm in Columbiana brought in 170 pounds of chicken wings from its pasture-raised chickens.
“They are very good. They’re a local farm. So, we wanted to help them out,” said senior Mike Yourstowsky.
It was part of Local Lunch Day in partnership with Lake to River Co-Op and 30 Mile Meal.
“We feel local food is important and getting it out in the community is the first step for the farmers to gain visibility and what better place to do that then a school,” said Gianna Cioffi of Lake to River Co-Op.
“It’s allowing us to meet and be visible to many families through their kids,” said Steve Montgomery of Lamppost Farm in Columbiana.
It’s also an opportunity for the students to talk with the farmer.
“Talk with him more about why he raises his food the way that he does and why it results a higher quality product,” said Cioffi.
“We want chickens to be what chickens are and that’s eating good food. Eating in sun. Then, we want to be able to reap the benefit of that and share it with other people,” said Montgomery.
Katie Miller of 30 Mile Meal helped promote food literacy to the students.
“Right now, they are guessing how much feed a chicken eat in its lifetime,” said Miller.
“Transform the way people eat. If they get a taste of good food here maybe they’ll want more of it. That’s what we want to be a part of,” said Montgomery.
The next local lunch day will be on May 26 at Crestview High School. They plan to expand the program for more students in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana Counties.
“They’re our future. Our future needs to be filled with small farmers. Keeping our environment healthier, our body’s healthier and it creates community, too,” said Miller.