Farm to School

The landscape of food on children’s plates here in Nebraska is rapidly transpiring into healthy and delicious bites.
Learn about this action-packed day and reserve your spot!

Farm to School is a natural fit for Nebraska's rich history in agriculture. The term "Farm to School" refers to schools serving local, farm-fresh foods. This can range from fruits and vegetables to eggs to honey to meat. Often schools incorporate curriculums built around nutrition, agriculture, and science. Doing this creates learning opportunities based on experience, like farm visits, gardening, recycling, and entrepreneurial programs. 

Join farm to school leaders from Kansas, Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska at the Midwest Farm to School Conference, March 2. 

For more information about the Farm to School program sponsored by the Center of Rural Affairs, contact Sarah Smith, sarahs@cfra.org or 402.783.1183.

 

The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) sprouted from the desire to support community-based food systems, strengthen family farms, and improve student health. NFSN was launched by a collaboration of more than 30 organizations seeking to shape the burgeoning farm to school movement. It's grown from a handful of schools in the late 1990s to approximately 38,000 schools in all 50 states today.

Farm to School Notes

 

Growing the Market for Nebraska Foods

An increasing number of farmers are growing specialty crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and herbs for local markets in Nebraska. Many of them are looking for additional opportunities to provide fresh, healthy food to their community, such as in school meals.
 
But making the farm to school connection can sometimes be a daunting task.
 
So it’s timely that the Center for Rural Affairs is partnering with University of Nebraska Extension to offer several FREE farm to school trainings to Nebraska’s school food service staff and fruit and vegetable growers.  

National Farm to Cafeteria Conference Coming in June

On June 2-4, 2016, more than 1,500 people will gather in Madison, Wisconsin for the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference.  The biennial event, hosted by the National Farm to School Network, is the only national gathering of people seeking opportunities to learn, network, and collaborate with like-minded farm to cafeteria leaders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agriculture literacy across America.

Farm to School Profile: Lone Tree Foods

Farm Name: Lone Tree Foods

Address: 15255 Sw 114th St, Crete NE 68333

Farm Type (i.e. produce, beef, orchard): Lone Tree Foods is similar to a Food Hub, a producer-owned company that connects local farmers with wholesale buyers. Lone Tree Foods offers products from other local farms and currently works with 30 different farms. A one-stop shop for local items.