Farm to School News

Five schools will receive support for greenhouses

We’re excited to announce five schools have received awards to participate in the School Greenhouse to Cafeteria facilitation program for the 2016-17 school year.

The schools are Auburn Public School in Auburn, Garden County Schools in Oshkosh, Blue Hill Community Schools in Blue Hill, Southern Valley Schools in Oxford, and Sutton Public School in Sutton, all in Nebraska.

The Midwest Apple Crunch is near

It’s nearly time for the 2016 Midwest Great Apple Crunch on Oct. 13, during National Farm to School Month. At noon, students in schools across the region will crunch into apples all at the same time, getting everyone together in an event that encourages healthy eating, supports farm to school, and promotes local food procurement. Don’t worry, if noon on the 13th doesn’t fit into your school’s lunch plans or day, we encourage you to do it any time during the month of October. If your school is crunching, be sure to SIGN UP to be counted and receive a free Crunch Guide with steps for a successful crunch event!

Governor Signs Proclamation for Farm to School Month

In 2010, Congress designated October as National Farm to School Month. This acknowledged and celebrated that farm to school programs are an important way to improve child nutrition, support local economies, and educate children about where their food comes from.

Here in Nebraska, we have many farm to school developments to celebrate this October. When Gov. Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation for Nebraska’s 2016 Farm to School Month yesterday, leaders in Nebraska farm to school stood alongside him.

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.

Students eat healthy and learn with tower gardens

After providing a lesson in the kindergarten classroom, we cut the lettuce to put in the school lunch program. Two students started jumping up and down saying “Yes! We get a salad for snack today!” The teacher said, “No that lettuce is going to go toward feeding the school today at lunch. We get graham crackers for a snack.” The whole class sighed in disappointment. -Christy Hodges

Farm to School programs are emerging around the Midwest, and the Center for Rural Affairs is in the midst of the momentum.

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