Farm to School Initiative in Nebraska
The landscape of food on children’s plates here in Nebraska is rapidly transpiring into healthy and delicious bites. Some highlights of Farm to School in Nebraska include:
- More than a dozen pilot schools have signed on with the Center for Rural Affairs to bring the farm to school.
- Nebraska celebrated our first Farm to School Month in October, and the governor signed a proclamation to make it official. See our factoids at the bottom of this page.
- Food producers are participating in nuts and bolts trainings about selling to schools, as well as lessons in marketing, business planning, and creating farm food safety plans.
- Schools are participating in trainings that help address common barriers when buying locally, and exploring which individual path they’ll take to reach their farm to school goals.
- Our Statewide Farm to School Summit was a smash hit. Relationships are being made and local food dollars are growing.
Word is spreading among agricultural producers that an additional market opportunity exists, and local dollars are staying within the local economy. And above all, there is a shared motivation to positively impact the lives and health of over 3.5 million Nebraska school children.
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.
For more information about the Farm to School program sponsored by the Center of Rural Affairs, contact Sarah Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org 307.321.9766.