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Farm To School

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Nebraska ThursdayRegister TODAY for Nebraska Thursdays!

 

 

Nebraska Thursdays $500 Mini-grants

Apply today!  More information available on the Nebraska Thursdays page.

 

Apply today for a mini-grant to assist your school with implementation and promotion of Nebraska Thursdays.  Funded by the Nebraska Dry Bean Commission, each applicant will receive $250-500 for proposed projects. Projects must provide expansion of local food, agriculture, and/or garden-based education, and should promote a school’s Nebraska Thursdays program.

Applications must be submitted by Friday, August 30, 2019 (11:59 pm MST).

Grants and Funding

Slow Food Plant a Seed Kits
Slow Food believes biodiversity is key to a sustainable, adaptable — and delicious — future. The Plant a Seed kit features six seed packets: three from the Ark of Taste, and three from Row 7. There is a limited number of free kits available for school gardens, request one here.

 

Farm Credit Services of America, Working Here Fund
There are two options of funding available, one provides grant funding of up to $2,000 each, and the second provides up to $10,000 each for larger, more long-term community projects.

 

Salad Bars to Schools Grant Applications

The Salad Bars To Schools program is focused on donating salad bars to school districts so that every child across our nation has daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables.  Learn more here.

Resources

*NEW* Farm to School Stories

Take a peek at farm to school stories from five Nebraska districts and four Nebraska farmers. Each school is unique in their farm to school goals, and each farmer has a unique business profile. Get inspired by the creative work and outcomes described in each of these stories!

Farm to School Stories

 

How Are Nebraska Schools Sourcing Local Foods?
A new resource developed in partnership with farm to school partner, Center for Rural Affairs, outlines the many different ways local foods are accessible to schools!

How Are Nebraska Schools Sourcing Local Foods

 

Additional Resources

USDA Greenhouse

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.

Benefits

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 farmtoschool.org; and additional economic benefits in the Economic Impacts of Farm to School report.

Census

We’re excited to announce that USDA is in the final stages of planning for the next USDA Farm to School Census, coming out in the winter of 2019. The Census is the only national survey that examines local food purchasing by schools, school garden efforts, and agricultural-education. As such, the Census allows us to track progress and measure growth in farm to school across the nation and over time to demonstrate impact. Regardless of farm to school participation, ALL SFAs should complete the Census. More info will be sent out in the coming months.

Nebraska schools are getting involved in farm to school.

Contact us at:

NDE – Nutrition Services
NDE.F2S@nebraska.gov
(402) 471-2488

Updated July 19, 2019 2:32pm