Farming for Hungry College Students

1 decade 1 year 4 months ago Sunday, December 31 2006 Dec 31, 2006 Sunday, December 31, 2006 3:24:48 PM CST December 31, 2006 in News
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - An increasing number of Missouri farmers is finding a willing buyer for fresh meat and produce in the state's colleges and universities. The relatively new relationship isn't seamless. Small local farms cannot totally fill the orders needed to satisfy a campus of hungry students through all the seasons. And some farmers remain skeptical. But proponents like Mary Hendrickson, a rural sociologist with University of Missouri Extension, say working out the kinks would provide students fresher, more nutritious food, and small farmers a decent living. She is coaxing university food-service operations to search for and buy from local farmers. Montgomery County farmer Dave Hillebrand raises 500 lambs a year for sales to universities. He says he can't keep up with the demand.

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