Farm to School Training and Networking

Saturday, October 22, 2016

School food service staff and Nebraska fruit and vegetable growers are invited to a free Farm to School training and networking event.

Who: School Food Service Professionals AND Nebraska Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop producers
When: Saturday, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Bluffs Middle School, 27 East 23 St., Scottsbluff, Neb.
Registration: Free. Please RSVP in advance with Sarah Smith, or 402.783.1183.
Lunch is provided. Mileage reimbursement is available for fruit and vegetable growers.

Farm Tour Opportunity: You will have an opportunity to participate in a farm tour at Meadowlark Hearth, just outside of Scottsbluff. Details to be announced, but this opportunity will give an in-depth look at a certified organic farming business, dive into a look at seed storage/production and provide information on cold climate food production and storing techniques.

Why: Farm to School is a win-win-win

  • Students are provided with healthier, more delicious food and education opportunities that stay with them for a lifetime.
  • Farmers see an increase in market potential when selling to schools, on average increasing their sales by 5 percent.
  • School food service programs see an increase between 3 to 16 percent (average of 9 percent) in meal participation rates when farm to school is implemented.

These trainings will include hands-on opportunities for school staff to learn tips and techniques for using local fruits and vegetables (and sample some great recipes), and strategies for connecting with local growers. Food producers will learn marketing and food safety strategies, as well as ways to connect to the schools.

Continuing education credits are available.

This Center for Rural Affairs event is held in cooperation with the UNL Extension.