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Sweet Corn Travels from farm to plate for Ballard Students

LSI News PostHUXLEY, IA – Students at Ballard Community School District learned more about where their lunches come from on Tuesday when they enjoyed sweet corn produced by a local grower.

Ballard Community Schools partnered with Black’s Heritage Farm, a local grower and Lunchtime Solutions Inc., the food service management company that contracts with the school to help operate the schools breakfast and lunch program, and served up some locally grown and purchased sweet corn as part of its new monthly Farmers Market Selections program.  This program highlights and utilizes locally grown produce and is featured on school lunch menus accompanied by education about the fruit or vegetable and information about the local grower.

Norine Black of Black’s Heritage Farm partnered with Lunchtime Solutions and Ballard Community Schools, to deliver 48 dozen ears of sweet corn. The corn served more than 1,700 K-12 students. Black’s Heritage Farm is located south of Ames.  “This type of partnership lets students connect the food they eat to where it comes from, and it’s beneficial for the grower, the school district and the students,” said Jennifer Hopf, Area Director for Lunchtime Solutions.  Black said she appreciates being able to work with the school district to feed students healthy, homegrown fare. “Delivering to the schools was fun, and getting to meet everyone involved was great,” she said. “We look forward to many more deliveries in the future.”

“We are really enjoying the partnership with the Ballard Community Schools, the students, faculty and administration have been wonderful to work with.  Partnerships are very important to us in education and in food education and utilizing local growers to help students understand where food comes from is just a win, win.  We live in the Midwest and what better place to be up to our ears in corn, not just at home but at our schools as well.” Said Deni Winter, Director of Public Relations for Lunchtime Solutions Inc.

If you are a local grower and are interested in partnering with Ballard Community Schools and Lunchtime Solutions Inc. please call Jenn Hopt at 605-838-5306 or