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9/23/2013 2:43:00 PM
Take The 'Big Bite' in Whitefield Thursday
FARMS supporters are hoping to set a world record this week for the most apples bitten simultaneously.
FARMS supporters are hoping to set a world record this week for the most apples bitten simultaneously.

Anyone who would like to help set a new world record this week is invited to head out to Whitefield Elementary School Sept. 26 to take a bite from a locally grown apple and do his or her bit to get good farm food into local schools.

Students, parents, local farmers and others in the community will be gathering at the school at 2 p.m. sharp, Thursday, Sept. 26 to try and set a record for the most apples bitten at the same time. Everyone's welcome to join.

The event is organized by Focus on Agriculture in Rural Maine Schools (FARMS) educator Melissa Hunnibell. She's hoping that hundreds of people will turn out for the "Big Bite" but is always happy to welcome more.

"Please join us in our wish to have more local food in schools," she said. "You'll pick out a fresh apple grown in Whitefield to bite into and, as we make our wish, we'll be taking one bite closer to eating all local, all the time."

Hunnibell is currently running a FARMS program at the school and she hit on the idea of the Big Bite as a way to raise awareness of getting food grown in the community into local schools.

"There is a productive farm right next to Whitefield Elementary and many others nearby that can provide practically all the food needed for school meals at the school, but there are missing links of communication and resources that keep the food from getting into the cafeteria," she said. "Part of what I can do to get these connections going is promoting the issue, through the Big Bite, and other events."

The Whitefield Elementary School is located at 164 Grand Army Rd., in Whitefield. For further information, contact Hunnibell at and check out FARMS online.

(Submitted article)

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