Charter School students travel to the State House for Ag Day

Ag Day at the State House with (left to right) Bella Maidoff, Emily Palena, Noli Taylor, Skyler Cole and Astrid Tilton. — Courtesy Island Grown Schools

After working with Island Grown Schools (IGS) and the Island’s state representative, Tim Madden, to draft legislation to support farm-to-school efforts in Massachusetts, Charter School students traveled recently to the State House to participate in Ag Day, an annual agricultural-advocacy day organized by the Massachusetts Farm Bureau.

Junior Astrid Tilton and seniors Bella Maidoff and Skyler Cole spent the day speaking with a number of state elected officials about the legislation they helped draft, hearing Gov. Charlie Baker and other state leaders speak about the role of agriculture in the commonwealth, and meeting with Representative Madden and legislative staff for both Rep. Madden and Senator Dan Wolf.

IGS is working with the Massachusetts Farm to School Project, Food Corps, and Green Schools to organize Farm to School Day at the State House, a chance for people from across the state to meet with their elected officials and share why farm-to-school is important in their communities, on May 6th. The Charter School students, along with their classmates, will return to the State House to participate in this event next month.

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