Media Advisory/Photo Opportunity - Mississauga middle school students to help local farmer plant healthy local food



    TORONTO, June 13 /CNW/ - Next Monday, students from Mississauga's Thomas
Street Middle School will get their hands dirty planting the tomatoes they
started growing at school. The students are helping farmer Lorenz Eppinger
plant his tomato crop at Greenfields Organic Farm in Campbellville. This will
be the first farm visit for the 30 students from grades six to eight.
    The farm experience is part of EcoSource's Farm to School program, a
pilot project that gives students the chance to eat fresh local food and learn
where it comes from. Students will pick strawberries, tour the greenhouse and
the stables, as well as taste fresh spring vegetables. In the fall, the
students will return to the farm to assist Mr. Eppinger in harvesting the
tomatoes they planted.

    Background: The EcoSource Farm to School pilot project, announced
March 7th, aims to take advantage of the burgeoning interest in eating and
growing local nutritious foods. Ecosource is working towards building a
compelling business case to convince the two Peel school boards to create a
district-wide program to purchase healthy snacks for students from local
Greenbelt farmers. The project was funded by a grant from the Friends of the
Greenbelt Foundation.

    
    WHAT:   A photo opportunity with students from Thomas Street Middle
            School and farmer Lorenz Eppinger of Greenfields Organic Farm
            planting the tomato crop, picking strawberries and learning about
            farming and horses.

    WHERE:  Greenfields Organic Farm, Campbellville
            10715 Guelph Line, north of Highway 401, west of Milton
            (For directions go to http://www.greenfieldsfarm.ca)

    WHEN:   Monday, June 18, 2007 at 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (Planting at
            approx. 12:15 p.m.)

    WHO:    Grade 6, 7 and 8 Students, Thomas Street Middle School
            Lorenz Eppinger, owner of Greenfields Organic Farm
            Lea Ann Mallett, Executive Director, EcoSource
    

    EcoSource was founded by Mayor Hazel McCallion in 1979. It provides
successful environmental education programs in Mississauga and throughout Peel
through its innovative grassroots activities to more than 20,000 community
youth each year (www.ecosource.ca).





For further information:

For further information: www.OurGreenbelt.ca; Contact: Lea Ann Mallett,
EcoSource, tel.: (905) 274-6222, email: lmallett@ecosource.ca; Diana Crosbie,
Crosbie Communications, tel.: (416) 360-6625, email: diana@crosbie.on.ca

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