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Page 6 The Star October 20, 2014 FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS Above: Karen Armstrong, Rolette County NDSU extension agent, helped Ojibwa Indian School students grow their own food. At right: Students at Ojibwa in front of their garden. Ojibwa actively involved in farm-to-school effort grown vegetables to the schools. Foods grown at Rustic Acres, owned by Jerry and Janel Anderson and Lake Side Garden owned by Roger and Alyce Lunde are becoming part of the school's hot lunch program. Farm to school is an important tool in the fight against childhood obesity and food insecurity. In addi- tion to improving child health, when schools buy local, they create new markets for local and regional farm- ers and contribute to vibrant commu- nities, a win-win-win scenario! Farm to School provides children nutri- tious, high quality, local food so they are ready to learn and grow. Most foods have been trans- portedl500 miles prior to their pur- chase. Buying from local producers October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections that are happening all over the country between schools and local food. Farm to School Month was designated by Congress in 2010, to demonstrate the growing importance of farm to school pro- grams as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies and educate children about the ori- gins of food. The Ojibwa School is actively in- volved in the Farm to School effort and is possibly the first county school to be purchasing locally-grown foods for their hot lunch program. Foods Director, Linda Martin is working with the two Rolette Farm- ers' Market vendors to bring locally Winter forecast calls for 'above normal' temperatures in state an average daily temperature of 10.3 degrees. Mathews said the "X Factor" in this winter's weather equation is E1 Nino. The E1 Nino effect, warmer sur- face temperature in the Pacific Ocean, usually means warmer and drier than average conditions in the Northwest, northern Midwest and northern Mideast United States, Mathews said. But so far, NOAA officials say E1 Nino has yet to develop. Mike Halpert, acting director of NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, the lack of development of E1 Nino makes it more difficult to accurately forecast climate long-term. "We're not seeing strong climate signals," Halpert said. and processors reduces the carbon footprint while stimulating the local economy. Less fuel is used to trans- port food from the grower to the school and foods arrive quicker, fresher and tastier. Farm to school activities enhance classroom education through hands- on learning related to food, health, agriculture and nutrition. The school has received Fresh Fruit and Veg- etable Grants in recent years. The grant aides in the promotion of fresh fruit and vegetables consumption and makes it possible for the school to offer fruit and vegetables afternoon snacks. The grant includes educa- tional components encouraging stu- dents to make healthy food choices. This year a school garden was planted as a living classroom at the Ojibwa School. "Plans for a junior master garden 4-H effort turned into a great opportunity to help youth learn about food" stated NDSU Ex- tension Agent, Karen Armstrong. In a recent garden tour kindergarten through fifth grade students saw first- hand how plants grew, the various parts of the plant, and were able to identify the part of the plant they ac- tually eat. The benefits of having a wide range of colors in vegetable and fruit in diet were also discussed. This explained the reason why purple po- tatoes were planted and now being dug from the garden. "The garden project has been great, the school was gracious to host a garden site, the TMCC Anishinaba Cultural St. Joacmm Catholic Church's trimmings! Homemade Apple & Pumpkin Pie, v, p Serving from 4 to 6:30 p.m. , ) Take-outs available Adults: $8 12 and under: $4, Take.outs: $9 Preschool: FREE/. DOOR PRIZE/!/ I I Learning Center staff prepared the garden spot and Mother Nature blessed us with adequate and timely rainfalls. Many students were excited about the garden and when polled ex- pressed interest in helping with next year's garden. I see the garden as a tool to help families expand their gar- dening knowledge and skills while contributing to the growth of nutri- tious food for their children's hot lunch program" stated Armstrong. I look forward to continuing the part- nership of helping youth understand how food choices and physical activ- ity impact one's health and helping them understand where their food comes from. FTND YOUR RZIDE TODAY Prairie Power Center 606 Main Ave. West, ,Rolla, 477-3036 Notice of 76 th Annual Meeting FARMERS UNION OIL OF ROLETTE Rolette Memorial Hall 7:00 p.m. Business Meeting Annual Audit Report . Election of Directors . Any other business Prizes . Light supper & bars served By Order of the Board of Directors Brian Leonard, Secretary North Dakota is already guaran- teed a shorter winter than a year ago. The National Oceanic and At- mospheric Administration Thursday issued its forecast and, at least for this part of the country, above normal temperatures and near normal pre- cipitation are expected. On Oct. 5 last year, the south- westem part of the state and into South Dakota was blasted by up to 3 feet of wet, heavy snow after rain and 70 mph winds that killed thou- sands of head of cattle. Michael Mathews, a meteorolo- gist with the National Weather Serv- ice in Bismarck, said, in general, last winter was nothing out of the ordi- nary -- it just seemed that way. Bismarck received its first meas- urable snowfall of 0.6 inches on Oct. 4 and accumulated 40 inches for the year. Normal annual snowfall for the Bismarck area is 51.2 inches, ac- cording to Mathews. But like an unwanted house guest, the snow came early and stayed late. "It's like a winter is almost de- fined by how long it lasts," Mathews said, rather than than its severity. The record for the most snowfall in a season for Bismarck is 101.6 inches established during the winter of 1996-97. The winter of 2008-09 made a run at that record but came up short at 100.3 inches. According to NOAA's forecast for December through January, below average temperatures are fa- vored in parts of the south-central and southeastern United States, while above-average temperatures are most likely in the western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and New England. What that means for North Dakota is there is an equal chance that conditions will be near normal this winter, according to Mathews. On average, Bismarck gets about 26.3 inches of precipitation during those three months, Mathews said. Last winter, Bismarck recorded 23.6 inches. Temperature-wise, the average factoring the daily highs and lows over those three months is 15.7 de- grees. Last winter was colder, with