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Farm To School


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National Farm to School month is here! The National Farm to School Network has free resources, planning materials, activity ideas and a new calendar of events for ways you can get involved in October. Share how your celebrating National Farm to School Month by signing the Take Action Pledge and you’ll be entered to win farm to school prizes for a school or early care and education site of your choice! Visit to get involved.

USDA FY 2019 Farm to School Grant RFA
The FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Program Request for Applications (RFA) is now open to applicants. Due to additional funding made available to the Farm to School Grant Program through the FY 2018 Omnibus Bill, the Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) seeks to award approximately $7.5M in FY 2019 funding.  Applications are due Dec. 4, 2018. Learn more and apply here. For more information, join OCFS for a special two-part webinar on Oct. 16 and Oct. 17 at 1pm ET.  These webinars will review the important details of the FY 2019 Farm to School Grants and walk candidates through the application process.

Budding Botanist Grant
Budding Botanist grants are open to any Title I public or charter school in the United States. Applicants must be planning a new or expanding an existing school garden program designed to teach students about environmental sustainability and the importance of biodiversity. Grant winners will receive a $500 curriculum and garden tool package, as well as a check for $2500 to install or expand a school garden. Application is due Nov. 19. Learn more and apply here.

2019 Youth Garden Grant
Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program in the United States or US Territories planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability

Learn more and apply hereDeadline: December 17, 2018

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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