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Lettuce rejoice: Salad bar program launches at St. Bonaventure's

Some parents may struggle to get kids to eat their greens, but at St. Bonaventure's College in St. John's students are excited about a new salad bar featuring local seasonal vegetables.
Students at St. Bonaventure's College lobbied for a wider variety of healthy options in the cafeteria... resulting in a salad bar featuring some local produce. 1:34

Some parents may struggle to get kids to eat their greens, but at St. Bonaventure's College in St. John's students are excited about a new salad bar featuring local seasonal vegetables.

Students lobbied for a wider variety of healthy options in the school's cafeteria and applied for the Farm to Cafeteria Canada program — which they got.

The school has been working to get the salad bar since June, and partnered with Lester's Farm Market to bring fresh options to students.

"Our whole idea behind our farm is to provide fresh, local food so being able to do this to kids of this age is fantastic," said Susan Lester, with Lester's Farm.

"I think we were all kind of noticing we are an island, especially during the winter when we don't get many foods shipped in. You can go to the grocery store and it's almost empty sometimes because the boats can't travel so it's essential to know that we need to be self-sustainable and this is a start."

For students like Clair Genest, the new lunchtime option is a welcome sight.

"I am extremely happy about this salad. I love veggies, I'm so happy that this salad bar has taken off so wonderfully," she said.

"A lot of people are excited about it, almost as excited as me, I hope. It's one of the best times of the week, it's so fresh and delicious. I love it."

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