Wanted: Nebraska School Partners for New School Greenhouse Project

A few weeks ago we shared the exciting news that we received a grant from the Blooming Prairie Foundation. We call this our Greenhouse-Grown Organic Entrepreneurs project, and now we’re ready for the next step.

We’re looking for two Nebraska school partners. Starting in July/August 2015 through September 2016, we’ll help you be ready to provide school-grown fruits and vegetables to the school cafeteria.

The application process is simple. First, review the criteria below. Interested schools must meet all factors.

  1. Have access to an existing greenhouse
  2. Administrative support of the project
  3. Located within 100 miles from Lincoln, NE
  4. Willing to grow fruits and vegetables using organic methods
  5. Food service manager willing to purchase greenhouse fruits and vegetables
  6. Will build a school team to support project
  7. Will involve students in the process, teaching entrepreneurial skills
  8. Will build garden-based learning into curriculum

If your school is selected, you can expect one-on-one support to:

  • Build Your Team and set SMART goals
  • Learn about organic growing practices
  • Enhance your fruit and vegetable food production, and learn how-to’s for selling these foods to your school cafeteria
  • See positive impacts with engaged students both academically and with all aspects of health
  • Receive $650 in start-up funds for greenhouse/growing and/or curriculum materials

Bringing fresh, healthy, and local food into your student’s day does amazing things. It will enrich connections with food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at your school or preschool. Students will gain access to healthy food and fun activities with school gardens, cooking lessons, and farm field trips. Children and their families will be equipped to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.

Is your school a fit for this project? If so, in a few sentences, please share with us why you and your school are ready! All responses are needed by June 12, 2015.

I can’t wait to hear from you! Email me, Sarah Smith at sarahs@cfra.org. You may also mail your application to Sarah Smith, Nebraska Farm to School Lead, 505 N. 3rd St., Seward, NE 68434. You can download the Greenhouse to Cafeteria instructions as a pdf below.

Image: Greenhouse Manager, Gary Lawrence and Litchfield Public Schools principal, Jeffrey Smith, discuss an upcoming harvest of veggies for the school. Photo from Nebraska Farm to School on Facebook