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MELROSE, W. Va (WVVA)-- Students got a hands-on approach to lunch on Wednesday at Melrose Elementary School.

Mercer County Schools has begun a new farm-to-school program, bringing local produce to the lunchroom.

At Melrose, students were shucking Monroe County corn. The school will serve it for lunch tomorrow.

Educators say this program means good things for everyone.

"This is good for the producers, this is good for the farmers to keep our money local, it's good for the kids learning about science and agriculture," said Pamela Reid, Director of Child Nutrition at Mercer County Schools, "and it's good for nutrition in general."

Schools plan to  bring in more locally grown produce later in the year, including potatoes, tomatoes, onions, and beets.
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