Community Food News

Bringing the Farm Back to School

Children across Nebraska are back in school, mourning the loss of summer, and probably unenthused about their school lunches. But there might be something new on the menu, thanks to a Nebraska Farm to School pilot program that more than a dozen Nebraska schools are partaking in, some students will forego the same old cafeteria fare, and enjoy fresh and locally sourced produce.

When Supply Exceeds Purchasing Power

It didn’t matter how many times Brenda Buchholz drove past Our Little Farm on highway 30 in rural Nebraska. She always slowed to take in the colorful edible farmscape. She imagined what it might be like to serve the fresh tomatoes growing on those grounds to the 300 students at Overton Public Schools. 

Brenda is the school system’s food service manager. So, a conversation later, farmers Ben and Judy Weston were planning unique varieties of fruits and vegetables they could bring to students’ plates at their local school.

Farmers and Schools Unite for Better Health

Just east of York, Nebraska, at Prairie Pride Poultry pastures, over 500 chickens are clucking through greening grass, clambering for spring bugs. With over 450 eggs collected a day, chicken farmer Dan Hromas is pleased and expanding his markets. In the fall of 2013, Dan sought out Marcia Erdkamp, food service director at York Public Schools. As both tell the story, a mutually beneficial relationship began.

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