Nebraska Farm to School Regional Conference Coming to Beatrice - connecting schools and communities with farmers to locally source food for schools

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Contact: Sandra Renner,, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1020
Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs and USDA Food and Nutrition Service will host the Nebraska Farm to School Regional Conference on March 24 in Beatrice, NE. The purpose of the conference is to 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. “Moreover, the networking and potential connections that participants can make will be key in growing Farm to School programs.”
What: Farm to School Regional Conference
When: Tuesday, March 24, 2015
9:30 a.m - 3:00 p.m.
Where: Southeast Community College - Beatrice Campus
477 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.
The conference will consist of several breakout sessions for the different farm to school stakeholders to hear from school and farmer panelists, and question/answer sessions.  A live food prep demonstration is planned by an experienced food service director and demonstrated with SCC students in the food service/culinary program.
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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 summit or for more information on the farm to school initiative, visit or contact Sandra Renner at; or Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1020