Farm to School

The landscape of food on children’s plates here in Nebraska is rapidly transpiring into healthy and delicious bites.
The Farm to School Act of 2015 increases kids' access to fresh foods & supports family farmers!

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, 307.321.9766.

Take Action! Support the Farm to School Act of 2015!

The bill is a win-win-win for farmers, students, and communities – it increases children’s access to fresh foods, supports family farmers, and helps to build strong local food economies.




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 Month Ideas and Resources

Thanks to Shannon Fowler with the Nebraska Department of Education Nutrition Services for this #F2SMonth post.

When you hear the words “farm to school,” what comes to your mind? Do you think of a farmer taking a bushel of freshly picked vegetables to a school kitchen? Crates of individual milk bags headed to students for their morning breakfast, and packaged on a dairy farm just 48 hours ago? A school garden where the students help plant the seeds, pick the weeds, and harvest the food?