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Bringing healthy, sustainable eating to rural areas

Sustainable and healthy eating is a challenge for many people, especially those in rural areas. However, some people may think the opposite.

Recently, Center for Rural Affairs community food specialists April Goettle and Suzi French were guests on Totally Rural, a podcast hosted by Daisy Dyer Duerr.

April and Suzi work alongside members of the Santee and Omaha Reservations with a focus on their local food systems. Both are located in northeast Nebraska, and the projects are managed in conjunction with Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC).

A millennial’s growing understanding of diplomacy: my internship experience at the Center for Rural Affairs

Growing up on an acreage in rural Nebraska played a vital role in how I understand relationships.

At 4 years old, I was oblivious to “city kids” having the luxury of a friend living only a house or two down the street. I was willing to settle for friends a mile and a half down the gravel road, which by rural standards is next door.

Maturing in this fairly isolated area led me to engage in conversation with anyone I could find. This didn’t give me an option to only spend time with like-minded people.

Students and educators benefit from growing food

In the last 20 years, small schools facing budget cuts often removed elective classes. This left skills like cooking and growing fruits and vegetables unlearned.

Center for Rural Affairs’ Greenhouse to Cafeteria program has been a solution for schools that have faced those decisions in the past. Not only does it fill a hole left in the curriculum, it also means healthier foods are served at lunch.

Meet our 2018 Farm Bill team

The upcoming 2018 Farm Bill is in the works and we want your voice heard!

The Center for Rural Affairs has been working diligently to advocate for rural America in a variety of areas including conservation, crop insurance, and beginning farmer assistance.

Congress’ agriculture committees who write the Farm Bill have started hearings already. We expect they will be gearing up to do further work this fall. We’re planning to send you updates as this unfolds and we’ll let you know key times when your legislators need to hear from you.

Stephanie Enloe: it has been an honor

Note: We said goodbye to Stephanie at the beginning of July. We wish her well in her future endeavors. 

During the past two and a half years, I’ve had the opportunity to work on some fascinating issues — renewable energy, water quality, Farm Bill policy, and climate change. Now, I’m off to graduate school at Cornell University.

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