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

 

Five schools will receive support for greenhouses

We’re excited to announce five schools have received awards to participate in the School Greenhouse to Cafeteria facilitation program for the 2016-17 school year.

The schools are Auburn Public School in Auburn, Garden County Schools in Oshkosh, Blue Hill Community Schools in Blue Hill, Southern Valley Schools in Oxford, and Sutton Public School in Sutton, all in Nebraska.

The Midwest Apple Crunch is near

It’s nearly time for the 2016 Midwest Great Apple Crunch on Oct. 13, during National Farm to School Month. A crunch is an event that encourages healthy eating, supports farm to school, and local food procurement by crunching on an apple at the same time at lunch or as a classroom activity.  Don’t worry, if noon doesn’t fit into your school’s lunch plans or day, we encourage you to do it any time during the month of October. If your school is crunching, be sure to SIGN UP to be counted and receive a free Crunch Guide with steps for a successful crunch event!

Governor Signs Proclamation for Farm to School Month

In 2010, Congress designated October as National Farm to School Month. This acknowledged and celebrated that farm to school programs are an important way to improve child nutrition, support local economies, and educate children about where their food comes from.

Here in Nebraska, we have many farm to school developments to celebrate this October. When Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation for Nebraska’s 2016 Farm to School Month yesterday, leaders in Nebraska farm to school stood alongside him.