Greenhouse to Cafeteria

Award applications

The Center for Rural Affairs, in collaboration with the Nebraska Department of Education, acknowledges schools for exemplary greenhouse education.

The 2023 award application is now closed. Applicants are judged on categories including diversity and quantity of produce grown, water and input management, student involvement, community involvement, and more. Schools must apply to be considered. Spread the word.

Winners are provided a financial award to procurement equipment or supplies for programs as well as the Greenhouse to Cafeteria trophy. In 2023, the winner will present their work during the 2023 state FFA convention.

In 2021, Nebraska Christian Schools went above and beyond in all categories, and was chosen as the first Greenhouse to Cafeteria award winner. Read more about Nebraska Christian. Our runner up, Litchfield Public Schools, excelled in each category. Read more about Litchfield Public Schools.

Want to get involved?

In this video, Justin Carter highlights the Center’s Greenhouse to Cafeteria program and how schools can get involved with growing fresh food for their cafeteria.