Farm to School Program Finds Success in Nebraska

Despite its newness, efforts to increase awareness of Nebraska’s Farm to School Program are paying off. Last spring, the first Farm to School Summit at the University of Nebraska, Kearney (UNK), served as a networking opportunity for like-minded people in central Nebraska.

On its heels, UNK picked the Farm to School Program as a client in an Advertising Management class. Two groups of students created advertising campaigns for the program. Check out their wonderful ideas in our new facebook page, and add your “like” when you visit facebook.com/NebraskaFarmToSchoolProgram.

In May, an enthusiastic group of middle school students spoke at the annual National Farm to School Conference in Omaha. These seventh and eighth grade girls from Logan Fontenelle Middle School in Bellevue decided they wanted to see a change in their school meals. Working with us, they now have a handful of farmers in their area who are interested in helping them achieve their goal of eating fresh, local food at school.

The summer months have been busy with farmers markets, a great place to talk to farmers about getting involved with Farm to School. A presentation at the Minden Rotary Club helped extend the excitement. And I was absolutely amazed by a visit to the Children’s Garden in Lexington, NE. Summer school kids go to the garden each week to learn about and taste all the different types of crops. Their accomplishments were terrific.

Interest and involvement with Farm to School has increased rapidly. Thanks to the Center for Rural Affairs and our partners, the program is making a name for itself. We expect that to continue!

Contact me, Bailey, for more information or to get involved, baileym@ cfra.org or 308.325.3839.