Farm to School Profile: Aurora Public School

School Name:  Aurora Public School

School Address: 300 L St, Aurora, NE 68818

Who is on your school’s internal Farm to School team? Food Service Director, Denise Bone who is beginning to partner with the school’s FFA program during the 2015=2016 school year.

Number of Students: 1,200 students in the district / 1,000 main dishes estimated daily / 750 students served daily (estimate)

How many schools are in your district? Three:  1 Elementary, 1 Middle School and 1 High School


Food service director Denise Bone from Aurora Public Schools buys from her local farmers' market. Check out this bounty!...

Posted by Nebraska Farm to School on Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Size of cafeteria staff: 16
9 Full-Time Staff
7 Part-Time Staff

Equipment available to you in your kitchen(s):  We have what we consider a pretty standard kitchen, we also have a Sunkist Sectionizer.

Does your cafeteria offer a salad bar? Yes, one on each line. 2 open to elementary and 3 open to the the middle and high schools.

Please list food programs you participate in:  National School Lunch Program

Free-Reduced Lunch Rates:  We are less than 40%, but this school year’s number is not in yet.

Name of farm or business used for local purchases: Julie Dyer or Marylou Emanuel both of Aurora and connected to through the Aurora Farmer’s Market.  

Items/Foods regularly purchased: Tomatoes, bell peppers, beets, cabbage, cucumbers, green onions, yellow onions, red onions, cantaloupe, spaghetti squash, watermelon, and green/ yellow squash.

Is your school involved in growing food for the cafeteria? We are attempting to do grow food during the 2015-2016 school year.

Does your school have a garden or greenhouse used for Farm to School activities? Yes, we do, but it has not been utilized.

Share your biggest Farm to School success: Having the break though with FFA to start growing us items!

Share your biggest Farm to School challenge: Getting kids to try new foods.

Share your school’s best tip for fresh food procurement, processing and/or storage: Nothing is too small of a start! Even if it’s just cucumbers donated from a local garden, you are able to put something local on the menu and highlight it.

Where does your school tell its Farm to School story?  We tweet @AuroraLunchCrew on Twitter.