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Farm to School celebrates in our hometown of Owatonna

farm to schoolWe love to see good things happening in our own community of Owatonna, MN. Owatonna’s People Press reported on a fun lunch at the local junior high school…

The Owatonna school district was recently a recipient of the $50,000 AGRI grant and another $50,000 from Blue Cross Blue Shield, who partnered with MDA as a way to reduce childhood obesity and encourage healthy eating. With the money, OJHS was able to purchase new cooler and freezer units to be used as the central storage unit in the district.

What more fitting way to celebrate than with a serving of tater tot hotdish? But this traditional Minnesota meal is with a twist — ground turkey from Ferndale instead of beef.

OJHS seventh-grader Jenna Gasner said she can taste the difference, but it’s still good. So good, in fact, that she turned down the pizza line to get a helping of hotdish.

Director of food services for the school district Rachel Valesano invited the politicians and farmers on a tour with kitchen manager Lou Dietz-Stoltz.

“It’s fun. I was so excited I didn’t sleep last night,” said Dietz-Stoltz. “It’s great to be able to express what we do. Food service workers are very passionate — you got to love kids and you got to love food.”

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