New Milford Hospital Plow to Plate Initiative is accepting registration for its 2012 youth chef advocacy program through Feb. 14.

The program is open to 10 New Milford students in grades 8 to 10 interested in local food and agriculture, health and environmental implications of food choices and learning how to prepare and serve seasonal meals.

Plow to Plate, partnering with the New Milford Youth Agency, will offer this year's program from March through July.

Except for orientation and field trips, classes will be held Tuesdays after school from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at The Maxx on Railroad Street.

Transportation will be provided.

The cost will be $25 per student. Scholarships are available.

To date, almost 40 New Milford middle and high school students have participated in the program.

Students have completed the program by creating advocacy projects.

Interested students are asked to visit www.plowtoplate.org to view a video of past programs and to download an informational letter, application and schedule.

The completed application and a letter of recommendation should be mailed to Plow to Plate Youth Chef Advocacy Program, c/o Susan Twombly, New Milford Hospital, 21 Elm St., New Milford, CT 06776.

Students will be notified if accepted by the end of February.