Farm to School News

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Are you taking a family road trip in August? If you're traveling in Nebraska, your kids should be able to recognize field corn and soybeans by mile marker 20. But take a turn north into Litchfield. Then stop and meander into the 72’ x 36’ greenhouse and 28’ x 70’ retail produce store just off the highway. You’ll see a dozen or more varieties of vegetables growing year round.

Kids and Carrots

Nothing says happy and healthy like an image of children harvesting, cleaning, or eating a carrot. Seriously, not everyone likes carrots, but when you see a child gardening, harvesting carrots, preparing them, or eating a bunch of carrots, you just know there is something good, wholesome, and healthy about that image. And of course, it doesn’t have to be carrots – beets, cabbages, cucumbers, etc. all work too.

School Greenhouses Poised to Deliver Tasty and Lasting Changes

Planning is underway for two schools chosen to participate in our Greenhouse-Grown Organic Entrepreneurs program. Congratulations to East Butler Public Schools and York Public Schools!

East Butler and York will bring the farm to school during the 2015-2016 year. Growing edible and organic produce for school meals in the cafeteria, educating students about the sources of their food, and teaching entrepreneurial skills; it’s a triple win!

Awesome Farm Tour of Clear Creek Organics Coming in August

In America, too many of our children don’t know where food comes from. You might think, yeah, but that’s an urban thing. Well think again.

Three years ago, a Nebraska school studied the food knowledge of kindergarten through third graders. They discovered many students had no concept of where food originated beyond grocery store shelves. They didn’t know what bread was made of or that milk comes from a cow before the carton. But that's about to change!

Growing Farm to School Programs

Farm to school programs offer children better, fresher, more nutritious, and more local food choices that empower children and their families learn more about the food on their plates and make better food choices. These programs also help strengthen rural and small town economies by creating economic opportunities for local farmers and ranchers as well as local food processors.
 

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