Farm to School News

Growing the Market for Nebraska Foods

An increasing number of farmers are growing specialty crops such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and herbs for local markets in Nebraska. Many of them are looking for additional opportunities to provide fresh, healthy food to their community, such as in school meals.
 
But making the farm to school connection can sometimes be a daunting task.
 
So it’s timely that the Center for Rural Affairs is partnering with University of Nebraska Extension to offer several FREE farm to school trainings to Nebraska’s school food service staff and fruit and vegetable growers.  

National Farm to Cafeteria Conference Coming in June

On June 2-4, 2016, more than 1,500 people will gather in Madison, Wisconsin for the 8th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference.  The biennial event, hosted by the National Farm to School Network, is the only national gathering of people seeking opportunities to learn, network, and collaborate with like-minded farm to cafeteria leaders working to source local food for institutional cafeterias and foster a culture of food and agriculture literacy across America.

Farm to School Profile: Lone Tree Foods

Farm Name: Lone Tree Foods

Address: 15255 Sw 114th St, Crete NE 68333

Farm Type (i.e. produce, beef, orchard): Lone Tree Foods is similar to a Food Hub, a producer-owned company that connects local farmers with wholesale buyers. Lone Tree Foods offers products from other local farms and currently works with 30 different farms. A one-stop shop for local items. 

Farm to School Profile: Hintz Produce

Farm Name: Hintz Produce

Address: Hebron, Nebraska

Farm Type: Diversified, row crops, cow/calf and seedstock production, produce in high tunnel production and conventional outdoors.(i.e. produce, beef, orchard)

Farm to School Profile: Pekarek’s Produce

Farm Name: Pekarek’s Produce

Address:  2447 Road O Dwight, NE 68635

Farm Type: (i.e. produce, beef, orchard) Vegetable Production. Pekarek’s Produce raises over 50 varieties of crops on approximately 13 acres.  The harvest season begins in April or early May with radishes, green onions, lettuce, and spinach.  During the summer, the main crops are cole crops; several types of peas, bulb onions, carrots, green and wax beans, zucchini, summer squash, beets, potatoes and cucumbers.  By the fall, the main crops harvested are tomatoes, muskmelons, watermelons, sweet corn, winter squash, gourds and pumpkins

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