School-Grown Food for Lunch: Against the Law?

Here in California, a school garden makes an ideal outdoor classroom throughout the year, offering a fun and interactive way to teach students about science, nutrition, math, collaboration, and more. School gardens are sprouting up all over the state, ranging from just a single small bed with a few plantings to more elaborate gardens and orchards filled with fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

With escalating obesity rates and growing interest in “eating local,” many schools are looking to add their schoolyard harvest to cafeteria lunches. But school administrators may be wary of the prospect, citing concerns about food safety, sanitation, and state and federal rules about school meals.

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