National Farm to Cafeteria Conference Coming in June

More than 1,500 diverse stakeholders will gather in Madison, Wisconsin, on June 2-4, 2016. They’ll be there for the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference, working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agriculture literacy across America. 

The biennial event is hosted by the National Farm to School Network. The theme, Moving Forward Together, is intended to lift up new and innovative partnerships that continue to build strength and ensure long-term sustainability.

Cafeterias in schools, childcare centers, universities, prisons, and hospitals serve more than 40 million Americans every day. That places the farm to cafeteria movement at the forefront of the fight to end obesity and strengthen local food systems.

The National Farm to Cafeteria Conference is the only national gathering of people from across the movement. It is the premiere opportunity to learn, network, and collaborate with like-minded leaders from all parts of the nation.

The Center for Rural Affairs has worked closely with the National Farm to School Network to champion the Midwest Region’s efforts. We’re fortunate to be located in a region rich with agricultural knowledge and skills.

We’ve also been leading Farm to School programs here in Nebraska. The Center’s focus is on small rural schools participating in Farm to School, and how it contributes to vibrant communities.

Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers. It changes food purchasing and education practices at schools and preschools. To learn more or find resources about Farm to School, we encourage you to use our Farm to School Online Guidebook

Registration for the Farm to Cafeteria Conference opens Feb. 15, 2016. You can learn more about the event here.

We hope you’ll save the dates in June and join us in Madison, Wisconsin!