Farm to School News

Rural Career Opportunities Highlighted for FFA Conference

The Center for Rural Affairs Farm to School Program recently participated in the Pathways to Careers Conference held by Nebraska FFA. Both FFA advisors and students came to the Center for Rural Affairs session to learn more about Farm to School programs and resources.

Sarah Smith, our Farm to School Lead, along with Robert Bernt, from Clear Creek Organics Farm, and Janice Reynolds, School Food Service Director at Litchfield Public Schools, spoke to students about career opportunities available within rural Nebraska, especially in agriculture and school food services. FFA advisors were also given information on current agricultural lessons being used with classrooms and school cafeterias throughout Nebraska.

Fueling Our Kids and the Future: School Lunch

I remember smelling pork or beef roasting, or chocolate cake baking in the halls of my high school. Nothing went to waste either. The leftover sauerkraut from “Build Your Own Hotdog” was used in the cake, and most kids thought it was coconut. Our parents didn’t worry about what they were feeding us at school. When they ate our school lunch, it was like any of our other home-cooked meals.

How to Use Barnraiser to Fund Your School Garden or Food Project

Calling all foodies, farmers, school food service professionals, chefs, and anyone who loves all things food related. Have you discovered Barnraiser, the "#1 crowdfunding community for good food & healthy living,” according to their website.

Farm to School programs can benefit from the program, as well as farmers looking to fund expanding operations or offset start-up costs. The crowdfunding site has backing from Slow Food USA and the National Farm to School Network.

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