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Fresno Unified Teams Up With Growers To Create Farm Stand At Southeast School

May 14, 2015

The farm stand at Vang Pao Elementary School in southeast Fresno also welcomes residents participating in CalFresh.
Credit Diana Aguilera / Valley Public Radio

Fresno Unified is teaming up with small farmers in the Central Valley to provide local fruits and vegetables to kids. Valley Public Radio’s Diana Aguilera has more.

Students at the Vang Pao Elementary school in southeast Fresno were greeted by a food stand on campus Thursday.

Children and parents lined up looking at all the fruits and vegetables including cherries, zucchini, and oranges.

"By creating these farm stands we're hoping to change those odds to increase the opportunity to practice a healthy diet." -Genoveva Islas

Genoveva Islas, with Cultiva La Salud which means Cultivate your Health, says this is an effort to bring healthy local food to a struggling community.

“In southeast we have a lot more fast food restaurants and convenience stores than any other location in Fresno,” she says. “By creating these farm stands we’re hoping to change those odds to increase the opportunity to practice a healthy diet.”

The food is grown locally by the Hmong farmers association. People can visit the farm stand every Thursday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the school. The district says it hopes to expand this program in an effort to reach more students.