Farm to School

The landscape of food on children’s plates here in Nebraska is rapidly transpiring into healthy and delicious bites.

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.

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

 

Survey Shows Early Childhood Is a Great Time for Farm to School

The results are in: Farm to School in early care and education builds healthy kids with bright futures! 

In 2015, the National Farm to School Network surveyed early care and education providers across the country. Nearly 1,500 providers serving 183,369 young children in 49 states and Washington, DC, responded and shared with us fascinating insight into the important work that they are doing to connect young children to healthy, local foods and food related educational opportunities.