Farm to School Regional Conference in Beatrice - Less Than Week Away deadline to register nearing

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Sandra Renner,, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1020
or Elisha Smith,, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1007


Lyons, NE - One week remains to register for the Nebraska Farm to School Regional Conference, taking place March 24 in Beatrice.  The conference, hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs and USDA Food and Nutrition Service, will bring together cross-sector stakeholders (schools, growers/producers, and community members) to learn about one another’s Farm to School programs, how to get started, learn new ideas and opportunities, as well as how to move their existing programs forward.

“This conference will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for educators, food-service directors and other community leaders to discover ways to serve fresh, nutritious food to students by making connections to others who are working through the same challenges they face,” said Sandra Renner, Farm to School Coordinator at the Center for Rural Affairs. “This conference will feature Nebraska’s nation-leading work to establish Farm to School programs, especially among smaller, rural school districts. The stories of Nebraska Farm to School efforts demonstrate that school districts, both large and small, that have courage, imagination and commitment to fresh, more nutritious school meals can make a local Farm to School program successful.”

What: Farm to School Regional Conference
When: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
9:30 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Southeast Community College - Kennedy Center
4771 W. Scott Rd
Beatrice, Nebraska

This working Farm to School Regional Conference will show school personnel how they can provide healthy, fresh, local food to students. Panelists and facilitators will share the successes of local and national farm to school programs, how schools can connect with local food sources, what farmers need to have in place to sell to schools, how to build a Farm to School team, as well as involving interested community members and parents in their school district or community. The conference is designed for food service directors, principals, teachers, parents, farmers, ranchers, business owners, and interested community members.
Dr. John Skretta, Superintendent, Norris Public Schools in Firth, NE will give the opening keynote. Norris has a successful Farm to School program and has a garden, greenhouse and successful partnerships with local producers.  
The conference will consist of breakout sessions for food service professionals, farmers, school staff wishing to form a successful team and panel session sharing from successful rural schools.  A replicable local foods school lunch will be served and in the afternoon, a live food prep demonstration is planned by an experienced food service director and demonstrated with SCC students in the food service/culinary program, followed by a tasting.
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According to Renner, participants will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with folks from all sectors of Farm to School. Food service professionals, food producers (farmers/ranchers, growers, processors), and community members (parents, students, and school administrators) from the region will be able to converse and make connections.

To register for the conference or for more information on Farm to School, visit or contact Sandra Renner at; or Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1020.

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