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Farm To School


Registration is now open to participate in Nebraska Thursdays! Participate in the Nebraska Thursdays Onboarding and Informational Webinarbefore February 14, 2019 to be entered into a giveaway for the commercial 5 gallon salad spinner. This salad spinner can dry 6-8 heads of lettuce at a time and is valued at $149. Earn .25 CEU’s for completing this 15 minute webinar.  Nebraska Thursdays !

Grants and Funding

2019 Gro More Grassroots Grant
Deadline: February 15, 2019
In 2019, The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation and KidsGardening will award 175 grants worth a collective total of $100,000. 150 grant recipients will be awarded a check for $500 to support their initiatives. The top 25 programs will receive a check for $1,000. The Gro More Grassroots Grant is open to all nonprofit and tax exempt organizations (including schools) in the United States and US Territories planning to use the funds to install new or expand existing youth focused gardens or green spaces. Learn more and apply here.

Carton 2 Garden Contest
Deadline: March 25, 2019
The fifth annual national Carton 2 Garden Contest, sponsored by Evergreen Packaging, is now accepting entries! Open to public and private schools, contest winners will be selected based on their implementation of an innovative garden creation featuring creative and sustainable uses for re-purposed milk and juice cartons. Your school can get started by collecting at least 100 empty cartons from your home, community, or cafeteria. Learn more and enter here.

Photo courtesy of the USDA

Farm to school enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at schools and early care and education settings. Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.

Who participates in farm to school in Nebraska?

  • 71 school districts with 458 total schools
  • More than 27 school gardens
  • 14% of early childcare sites engage preschoolers in educational farm to school activities.

According to the 2015 USDA Farm to School Census, nearly $790 million dollars was spent nationally on local food in school year 2013-2014. When schools purchase local foods, the local economy benefits. Studies estimate that for every dollar spent locally, another 40 cents to $1.60 of economic activity is generated. Ensure your information is submitted to the next USDA Farm to School Census in 2019.


Farm to school is a win across the board for students, school staff, parents, communities, farmers and food producers. Learn more about the many benefits of farm to school at; and additional economic benefits in the Economic Impacts of Farm to School report.

Nebraska schools are getting involved in farm to school.

Contact us at:

NDE – Nutrition Services
(402) 471-2488