Nebraska Farm to School Workshops

Saturday, February 6, 2016 to Saturday, April 9, 2016

The Center for Rural Affairs is partnering with University of Nebraska Extension to bring FREE farm to school focused trainings to Nebraska’s school food service staff + fruit and vegetable growers.

Food service staff and mangers can learn techniques to work smarter, not harder, when finding and incorporating local fruits and vegetables. Farmers will learn techniques for connecting and working with schools.

A considerable amount of time will be spent connecting with each other over lunch (provided at no cost).

Schools are reliable large purchasers of specialty crops. By tapping into this market, specialty crop farmers (fruit, vegetable, nut, herb) can benefit greatly.

Students who try fresh local fruits and vegetables at school often go home asking for the same products at their dinner tables. Now is the time for schools to consider how local foods can expand menu planning opportunities in the National School Lunch Program, and at the same time increase student enjoyment.


  • Feb 6, 2016: East Butler Public School, Brainard
  • Feb 13, 2016: Hemingford Public School - POSTPONED, a new date will be announced as soon as it is determined.
  • Mar 19: Wayne Public School
  • April 2: North Platte Public School 
  • Apr 9: Litchfield Public School
  • (Oct 15, 2016 - TBD)

Who: School food service staff and managers; Specialty Crop Producers (fruit, vegetable, nut, herb)

When and Where: Saturdays, 9am - 2pm, includes lunch 

How: Register now (and at least a week in advance) for one of the workshops, and help spread the word! Contact Sarah Smith, Nebraska Farm to School Lead, at or 402.783.1183 to register.

Continuing Education Credits will be available.