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Schools Getting Oklahoma Produce

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A program intended to get Oklahoma schools to use Oklahoma grown fruits and vegetables is now reaching into dozens of districts.
The Farm to School program works to connect schools with farmers in the state and was formally created by a state law last year.

But the program began with a pilot project in 2005 in which the Shawnee, Broken Arrow, Edmond and Tahlequah school districts began buying seedless watermelons grown by Ramming Produce near Hinton. The next year Tulsa and Muskogee schools joined the project.

Now schools are buying produce including honeydew melons, peaches, strawberries, lettuce, green onions, tomatoes, basil, spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes and even asparagus.
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