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Farm to School Profile: Hintz Produce

Farm Name: Hintz Produce

Address: Hebron, Nebraska

Farm Type: Diversified, row crops, cow/calf and seedstock production, produce in high tunnel production and conventional outdoors.(i.e. produce, beef, orchard)

Farm to School Profile: Pekarek’s Produce

Farm Name: Pekarek’s Produce

Address:  2447 Road O Dwight, NE 68635

Farm Type: (i.e. produce, beef, orchard) Vegetable Production. Pekarek’s Produce raises over 50 varieties of crops on approximately 13 acres.  The harvest season begins in April or early May with radishes, green onions, lettuce, and spinach.  During the summer, the main crops are cole crops; several types of peas, bulb onions, carrots, green and wax beans, zucchini, summer squash, beets, potatoes and cucumbers.  By the fall, the main crops harvested are tomatoes, muskmelons, watermelons, sweet corn, winter squash, gourds and pumpkins

Rural Career Opportunities Highlighted for FFA Conference

The Center for Rural Affairs Farm to School Program recently participated in the Pathways to Careers Conference held by Nebraska FFA. Both FFA advisors and students came to the Center for Rural Affairs session to learn more about Farm to School programs and resources.

Sarah Smith, our Farm to School Lead, along with Robert Bernt, from Clear Creek Organics Farm, and Janice Reynolds, School Food Service Director at Litchfield Public Schools, spoke to students about career opportunities available within rural Nebraska, especially in agriculture and school food services. FFA advisors were also given information on current agricultural lessons being used with classrooms and school cafeterias throughout Nebraska.

Fueling Our Kids and the Future: School Lunch

I remember smelling pork or beef roasting, or chocolate cake baking in the halls of my high school. Nothing went to waste either. The leftover sauerkraut from “Build Your Own Hotdog” was used in the cake, and most kids thought it was coconut. Our parents didn’t worry about what they were feeding us at school. When they ate our school lunch, it was like any of our other home-cooked meals.

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