Schools go organic


The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is encouraging “real food” in schools with their contest, “Organic. It’s Worth It In Schools.” Through May 1, individuals can sign up online at  for an electronic newsletter featuring organic tips, recipes, news and more. The school with the most subscriptions wins an organic garden, complete with seeds, soil and expert gardening support; or a fully stocked vending machine, which can feature organic items like milk, fruit, cheese, yogurt and snacks. “The more we can provide healthy organic food and organic gardening in schools today, the further we can go in ensuring a healthy future for our kids and our soil,” said Stanford University pediatrician Dr. Alan Greene, a supporter of the program. Sign up online or browse the website for more info on healthful, economic and social benefits of organic food and gardening.