State policy makers tour Oak Ridge Elementary’s garden

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California policymakers and other decision makers saw first-hand the benefits and challenges of providing farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to Sacramento students during a tour of Oak Ridge Elementary’s school garden on Tuesday morning.

The tour was hosted by the University of California, Division of Agriculture and National Resources’ Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. Its goal is to bolster support for farm-to-school grants.

Funding for those grants is currently included in the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which is expiring.

Also on Tuesday, the nonprofit group Common Vision planted 17 fruit trees in Oak Ridge’s garden.