As the camera scanned the salad bar filled with fresh local vegetables at Ferrisburg Central School, one unidentified student said, "The salad bar is healthy and awesome."
This was a scene in one of three winning videos for The Reel Farm to School: Vermont Farm-to-School Video Contest.
Jointly sponsored by Vermont Food Education Every Day (Vermont FEED) in partnership with the Orton Family Foundation, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, and Vermont Public Television, the contest invited stories from students across Vermont about how they were changing their local food systems, building support to get local and healthier school food and creating community connections.
The students produced short videos highlighting school food system change.
"The students did a wonderful job showcasing the 3 Cs of Farm-to-School: Classroom, Cafeteria, and Community," said Vermont FEED's Libby McDonald. "Through the students' creative story-telling, the videos brought to the life the power of Farm-to-School to improve communities' health, education, and agricultural viability."
Winners were announced at Farm to School Awareness Day at the Vermont Statehouse Jan. 20. Images of fresh food, students visiting farms, and baking in the classroom filled the statehouse cafeteria.
"Farm-to-School programs are demonstrating exactly what we want to see at our schools," said Commissioner of Education Armando Vilaseca. "Hands-on applied learning that results in improved health."
Entries were judged for creativity, relevance to the theme, and technical quality.
The winners were Hartland Elementary School, Randolph Elementary School and Ferrisburgh Central School, with Ferrisburgh taking home the grand prize.
Each team won $200, an insider tour on Vermont Public Television and their video promoted on Vermont Public Television.
As grand prize winners, Ferrisburgh Central School also received a Flip video camera. All the winning videos can be seen on Vermont FEED's Web site: www.vtfeed.org.