On Valentine’s Day this year, Nebraska faced the loss of Farm to School champion and innovative agricultural entrepreneur, Barb David of Oak Ridge Farms Hydroponics. She passed away at home in Ord.
Barb has been a leader with farm to school in the state, actively serving on our Farm to School Advisory Committee. She stood by our side to talk about the challenges and successes of supplying her year-round hydroponic bibb lettuce to Nebraska schools and institutions.
She has shared her story with students, encouraging them to consider ways to stay working here in rural Nebraska. She taught by example with youth who worked in her greenhouse. And she spent hours serving on our Advisory Committees, pushing farm to school on throughout the state. Barb was a voice that wasn’t afraid to discuss challenges, and then face those challenges until successes were met.
Barb was not an anomaly in her community. She was a vocal example of what so many other established rural Nebraskans spend their energy on. Barb’s hard work and vision to build a sustainable business was a commitment she made to her family so there was a future for her kids on the farm. Her example has served to inspire others and paint a picture of possibility.
Barb leaves a legacy of commitment and innovation that will continue to grow. We are grateful for her dedication. We honor her today and send strength to her family. Thank you, Oak Ridge Farms Hydroponics, LLC in Ord, NE, for your example.
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