"Just by eating Greenbelt apples," EcoSource tells middle school students, "you have become great stewards of the land"

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, March 7 /CNW/ - "Just by eating Greenbelt apples, you
have become great stewards of the land," Lea Ann Mallett, Executive Director
of EcoSource told students from Thomas Street Middle School today. "An apple
from the local Greenbelt farm is fresh and delicious," she explained. "But did
you know that it also takes only a little energy to bring that apple to you?
Your Greenbelt snack created much less pollution and smog getting from the
farm to here, than an apple that traveled all the way from the West Coast."
    "It takes a long time for adults to change their ways," she said. "So you
can set an example for us by doing everyday things to help reduce global
warming - like eating Greenbelt apples. We can't rebuild our suburbs, but we
can rebuild our ties with our living countryside."
    Today's launch of the pilot for EcoSource's Greenbelt Farm to School
program introduces Thomas Street Middle School students to "local foods"
through the enjoyment of seasonal fresh Greenbelt produce at snack time. The
project, funded by a grant from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, also
has students visiting local farms, and participating in spring planting and
fall harvesting.
    "We all know how important healthy snacks are to young people for health
and for learning," says Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion. "We also know that
buying healthy food from Greenbelt farmers supports local agriculture. I am
delighted that the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation chose EcoSource to
pilot this groundbreaking program. Congratulations to Thomas Street Middle
School for being the first school to join the Farm to School program. I look
forward to more schools joining this effort."
    Schools throughout Peel Region are being invited to join this growing
program. The pilot's aim is to take advantage of increasing student and family
interest in local nutritious foods. EcoSource hopes to build a compelling
business case to convince the two Peel school boards to create a district-wide
program to purchase their school children's healthy snacks from local
Greenbelt farmers.
    "As the father of three young school children," said Burkhard Mausberg,
President of Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, "I think it important that
they learn at an early age where their food comes from. Ultimately I hope that
when they look at Greenbelt apples they see them as irresistible, because they
are fresh, juicy and delicious, and at the same time good for the planet."

For further information:

For further information: please visit www.OurGreenbelt.ca, and contact:
Donald Wiedman, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, tel.: (416) 960-0001,
cell: (416) 559-3934, email: dwiedman@ourgreenbelt.ca; or, Diana Crosbie,
Crosbie Communications, tel.: (416) 360-6625, email: diana@crosbie.on.ca

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