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, agriculuture, 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 307.321.9766.

 

The National Farm to School Network (NFSN), founded in 2007, 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, which has 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 Healthy Food Systems

This issue brief anchors a project to create a food policy council for Nebraska. It is intended to get you thinking about the opportunities and challenges to be faced in developing food policy councils. The data is Nebraska-specific, but you can use the structure and ideas to tackle the same quest in your location.

Good food policy and effective coordination between our food system’s stakeholders will produce strong farms, a resilient food economy, and a healthy future for all residents - whether in Nebraska or your location. Together, we can build a better food system. 

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Farm to School Factoids

October is Farm to School Month (#F2SMonth) both nationally and statewide here in Nebraska. We created factoids to help spread the word on the benefits of Farm to School.

Farm to School Profile: Fremont Community Learning Centers – Afterschool Programs

School Name: Fremont Community Learning Centers – Afterschool Programs

  •         Washington Elementary
  •         Linden Elementary
  •         Milliken Park Elementary

School Address: Main Street Education and Administration Center, 130 East 9th Street, Fremont, NE 68025

Number of Students: Total participating students among 3 schools = 260

How many schools are in your district? 10 school buildings