Farm to School News

School’s Almost Out – It’s Time to Think Farm to Summer

Cucumbers, raspberries, onions, strawberries, zucchini ... the list goes on and on. It seems like summer is when we really start to eat well.

The bounty is great, but how can we get these colorful foods onto our kid’s plates when school is out? According to Kayte Partch of the Nebraska Department of Education, the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides ample opportunity for our kids eat real food at zero cost to the family.

Project Aims to Grow Food, Learning, and Entrepreneurship

Many schools in Nebraska have greenhouses, but many only use those greenhouses for starting perennials or growing holiday plants. Some even lie fallow. This is a missed opportunity for Nebraska’s kids.

This why we’re so excited to be awarded a grant from the Blooming Prairie Foundation for our Greenhouse-Grown Organic Entrepreneurs project! We can’t wait to partner with schools and get to work. 

Bancroft-Rosalie: Farm to School Capitalizes on School’s Rural Setting

March Madness was in full swing at Bancroft-Rosalie Community School this year. The school, located in Bancroft, Nebraska, participates in the Center’s pilot Farm to School program. Naturally, there was a Farm to School twist on their brand of March Madness.

Each year, kindergarten through 4th grade students choose their favorite breakfast menu item and invite guests to eat at school. This year’s competition was called “Pennies for Produce.”

Farm to School Lessons Learned: Better Food, Same Cost

Hemingford, Nebraska, public schools recently transitioned from a “warm and serve” to a “made from scratch” school lunch.
The change has been a hit with students and will likely have a positive impact on the school’s budget. School nurse Judy Stewart, a driving force behind the change, believes when final financial statements for kitchen operations come in, labor and food costs will be the same as before the transition, if not less.


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