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Gideon Pond cook manager testifies before Congress on Farm to School benefits

Karra Hartog, food service cook manager at Gideon Pond Elementary in Burnsville, recently testified in front of a U.S. Congressional House briefing on the Farm to School Act of 2015 and met with the office of Rep. John Kline in Washington, D.C.

Karra Hartog

Hartog shared her experiences with students who are excited to try new local foods and her hope that the Farm to School Act will improve child health and support family farmers in the District 191 community and throughout Minnesota.

"[Farm to school] really makes a difference in kids' lives,” Hartog said. “This is about so much more than just food. Something that we have lacked is a common experience that brings the community together, and I think [farm to school] is one of those."

Talking about herself and her "partner in crime," fellow school lunch manager Tracy Smith from Sky Oaks Elementary in Burnsville, Hartog said, "Our tagline is: Encourage, Educate and Empower. We're trying to lay the foundation for healthy eating."

Learn more about the Farm to School Act of 2015 at




Posted: Monday, May 4, 2015 - 12:37