Two Farm to School Trainings set

Join us for one of our last two Farm to School trainings.

We promise you won’t go away hungry; you will leave inspired and ready to make some initial first steps to bring the farm to your local school.

Center for Rural Affairs has partnered with UNL Extension to offer six farm to school trainings across the state. We’ve traveled to East Butler Public Schools in Brainard, Wayne Public Schools, North Platte Public Schools and the Nebraska School Nutrition Association Conference held in Kearney.

More than 150 school food service staff and a dozen farmers have participated in these trainings.

Register today by contacting Sarah Smith, Center Farm to School Lead, or 402.783.1183.


  • School Food Service Professionals (CEU’s will be available!)
  • Fruit, Vegetable and Specialty Crop producers


  • FREE Farm to School trainings and networking session for school food service staff and fruit and vegetable producers. These trainings will include hands-on opportunities for school staff to learn tips and techniques for using local fruits and vegetables (and sample some great recipes), and strategies for connecting with local growers. Food producers will learn marketing and food safety strategies, as well as ways to connect to the schools. Lunch is included (free).


  • Scottsbluff Middle School, Oct. 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 27 East 23 St., Scottsbluff, Neb. You will have an opportunity to participate in a farm tour at Meadowlark Hearth, just outside of Scottsbluff. Details to be announced, but this opportunity will give an in-depth look at a certified organic farming business, dive into a look at seed storage/production and provide information on cold climate food production and storing techniques.
  • Litchfield Public Schools, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 500 N Main St., Litchfield, Neb. Included in Litchfield’s training will be a guided greenhouse tour. Greenhouse manager, Gary Lawrence, will walk us through a day in the life of the greenhouse and on-site market stand. Learn how he engages students throughout the year, and what foods he gets into the school cafeteria.


Farm to School is a win-win-win

  • Students are provided with healthier, more delicious food and education opportunities that stay with them for a lifetime.
  • Farmers see an increase in market potential when selling to schools, on average increasing their sales by 5 percent.
  • School food service programs see an increase between 3 to 16 percent (average of 9 percent) in meal participation rates when farm to school is implemented.

(Farmer Hilda Moreno joined us at the training in Kearney. See her story here.)