She's hoping to get a steady supply of lettuce from local farmers who use growing techniques that allow them to keep producing long after the traditional season ends. The district spent $11,000 on lettuce last school year, she said.
Strahin said she'll buy locally grown food whenever possible.
"It's fresher," she said. "The fresher the food, the better taste you have."
Preston County was chosen for the program's statewide kickoff because it has a group of farmers who are able to supply food to the schools, said Buddy Davidson, a spokesman for the Agriculture Department.
Transportation could be an issue in supplying West Virginia-produced food to schools where there's little agricultural production, he said. However, transport distances within the state's borders would be much shorter than for food that comes from outside the borders, he said.
"How far is the food that they're already getting being transported?" he said. "If they're getting it within West Virginia, it's bound to be closer to where it came from originally."
Besides fruits and vegetables, the state's cattle industry also could benefit from the Farm to School initiative, Davidson said. Schools could become a market for beef that's raised and processed in the state, he said.
"What we can do in this state is cut out the middle man, increase our processing capability and market that meat within the state," he said. "And schools are just a part of where we would like to see that go."