October is Farm to School Month in Nebraska - Second annual Farm to School summit scheduled in Aurora

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Sarah Smith, Center for Rural Affairs Nebraska Farm to School Lead, sarahs@cfra.org, Phone: (307) 321-9766
or Elisha Smith, elishas@cfra.org, Phone: (402) 687-2103 ext. 1007

Lyons, NE - The Center for Rural Affairs will host the second annual statewide Nebraska Farm to School Summit on October 22, 2014 in Aurora, NE to bring together educators, food service directors, farmers, ranchers, parents, students, and others interested in Farm to School programs across Nebraska.

What: Nebraska Farm to School Summit

When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Where: The Leadership Center
2211 Q Street
Aurora, Nebraska 

“Nebraskans from across the Farm to School table will be gathering to hear success stories, learn best practices, and most importantly connect with each other,” said Sarah Smith with the Center for Rural Affairs. “This effort will grow market opportunities for Nebraska food producers, and healthy, delicious food options for our Nebraska students. Bringing the farm to school is a win-win for all of us.”

This summit is a timely event as October is National Farm to School month and just recently Governor Dave Heineman proclaimed October as Nebraska Farm to School month in recognition of the growing importance and role of Nebraska Farm to School programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local farming and ranching economies, spur job growth and educate children about agriculture and the origins of their food. 

State Senator Richard L. Kolowski will kick off the summit with the opening keynote address, followed by breakout sessions for the different farm to school stakeholders to hear from school and farmer panelists, and a question and answer session. Topics covered during the breakout sessions include Forward Contracts for Schools and Food Producers, Issues in Food Safety and Local Food, Moving Schools Towards Farm to School,  Local Food Policy, Using Aquaponics to Grow Food and Engaging Students in the Classroom.  A lightening round of presentations will highlight successful farm to school relationships, growing practices, policy development, and processing options.
According to Smith participants will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with folks from all sectors of Farm to School. Conversations between food service professionals, food producers (farmers/ranchers, growers, processors), and community members (parents, students, and school administrators) throughout the state will lead to connections and provide resources for new, expanded, and improved upon Farm to School programs.

To register for the summit or for more information on the farm to school initiative, visit http://www.cfra.org/farm-to-school or contact Sarah Smith at sarahs@cfra.org  or (307) 321-9766. 

The Summit is funded by the USDA’s Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, administered by the Nebraska Department of Agriculture.