Hebbville Academy students got a chance to dig into the greens as part of a salad bar test project among several South Shore schools.
The Highway 3 school's new salad bar, recently unveiled during a recent news conference, joins others in schools in Chester, Lunenburg, West Northfield, and New Germany.
Invest Nova Scotia, an independent board that supports economic development, promised $160,000 toward the salad bar pilot project led by the non-profit organization of farmers, Agri-Futures Nova Scotia.
Most of the six-figure sum will filter into the agricultural industry and some will fund five part-time positions in the schools to help run the salad bars.
Goals of the pilot include encouraging healthy choices, locally-sourcing food, and bolstering local farming and agriculture. If the test projects prove successful, the program may spread province-wide.
The one-year trial aims to serve 25,000 meals, using 30 per cent locally-grown ingredients.