Midwest Farm to School Conference: Connecting Farms, Schools and States

Nearly 200 farmers, ranchers, and school food service personnel are expected to fill the Lied Lodge and Conference Center in Nebraska City, NE on  Wednesday, March 2, 2016 for the inaugural Midwest Farm to School Conference.

This full day event will bring together those interested in building the farm to school initiative in Midwestern states.  Those invited and encouraged to attend include farmers, ranchers, growers and food producers; school food service professionals, students, school administrators and faculty members; community members and parents; and educational and food-related organizations.
Hosted by the Center for Rural Affairs, Iowa Department of Agriculture and University of Missouri Extension, the 2016 conference will highlight methods of increasing students’ knowledge about local and healthy foods, and increase the amount of local foods served to students in schools.
Throughout the day we'll spark connections and provide the necessary paths to bring the farm to our region’s schools. Experts will address best practices for establishing farm to school relationships. Successful local food relationships will be shared.
Ample time for networking will be provided, as well as coaching on helpful topics to address when in conversation with various stakeholders. Farm to school is not a "one size fits all" program - come share what you know and learn from others as we build a healthier future for our kids, schools, farms, and communities.
Early bird registration ends February 14, 2016. For more information, an agenda and to register:
http://www.cfra.org/midwest-farm-school or contact Sarah Smith at sarahs@cfra.org or 402-783-1183.