Community Food News

Nebraska Farm to School Summit Coming to Northeast Nebraska

The 2nd Annual Nebraska Farm to School Summit is coming March 18 to the Nielsen Community Center in West Point. The summit brings together schools, growers/producers, and community members to learn about the farm to school initiative in Nebraska. It runs from 1 to 4:30 pm.

Community Gardens and Farmers Markets Help Restore Healthy Food Traditions

How ‘accessible’ is food to you? I mean this not only in the sense of how far must you walk or drive  to get to some fresh snap peas, for instance, but also in the sense of ‘food literacy.’

When are carrots the sweetest, and why? What exactly is gravy? How exactly does one ‘dry’ a tomato? Which vegetables have the most protein? Are all calories created equal?

Do you know how or when you gained this knowledge?

Food Safety Rules Go Back to the Drawing Board for Improvement

Several months ago, we reported that the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) had written rules as a result of the Food Safety Modernization Act. We also reported the rules were potentially hurtful to small, diverse, organic, or sustainable family farmers.

In response, we submitted comments to FDA on how the rules must be better. Without improvements, many farms and food entrepreneurs may have gone out of business.

New Grant Will Increase Local Foods in School Cafeterias

We're pleased to be one of 71 projects spanning 42 states and the District of Columbia to receive a USDA Farm to School Program grant. We were awarded $99,600 for a project to bring farmers and schools together.

Our goal is to move Farm to School into the forefront in Nebraska. The program allows for healthier food choices for our children. It helps them understand where their food comes from. And it impacts local economies as local farmers supply food to schools across the state.


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