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Recent posts by Rhea Landholm

Local food trucks dish out a rumble

Tacos vs. smoked ribs. Frozen treats vs. salads. 

Hundreds flocked to downtown Norfolk, Neb., on a warm Friday evening in late July for a taste of local food and local music. 

The focus? Food Truck Rumble. 

The goal? Sample until you were stuffed, then vote on your favorite cuisine. At least, that’s what our goal was. 

Seven food trucks, each an individual small business from the area, competed in the rumble. And, some of the businesses have worked with the Center for Rural Affairs’ Rural Enterprise Assistance Project (REAP). 

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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