Opinion: Sims is the right choice

by Bethany M. Dunbar

Katherine Sims of Lowell is the right choice for voters in the new Orleans-Lamoille House district.

Green Mountain Farm to School started as a small project at the Jay-Westfield school in 2005.  Ms. Sims and the former principal, Dean Vervoort, put together a plan to get the kids involved in planting a garden and taste-testing some recipes made with produce from that garden.  Connections were made with local farmers to provide fresh food and opportunities for children to learn about how their food is produced.

To say it was a giant success is an understatement.  Today Green Mountain Farm to School has spread to schools all over northern Vermont and is a national model.  It’s an idea whose roots are deep around here.  The local food movement is sometimes about consulting one’s grandparents about gardening and cooking in old-fashioned ways.  Ms. Sims provided the spark to make it happen.

Her work with Green Mountain Farm to School has put her in close contact with the area’s farmers and schools.  In her door-to-door campaign, she has been hearing a lot about issues of the economy and health care.

If elected, she would be an energetic and effective advocate in Montpelier for the farmers, teachers, and working people.  I hope she gets the opportunity and believe the voters would be well-served by Katherine Sims.

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