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Farm to early care and education (Farm to ECE) parallels the goals of early child care communities, including preschools, child care centers, family child care homes, and Head Start/Early Head Start. Farm to ECE prioritizes experiential learning opportunities, parent and community engagement and life-long health and wellness for children, families and caregivers. Learn how Farm to ECE can increase school gardens, food and agriculture education and local food sourcing for our littlest eaters in the childcare setting.

Nebraska Thursdays brings schools together to serve a Nebraska-sourced meal in the cafeteria on the first Thursday of each month. Nebraska foods are celebrated and promoted by students, school staff and the local community. Any k-12 school participating in the National School Lunch Program is invited to participate. Learn more!

Nebraska Harvest of the Month

Nebraska Department of Education, in partnership with Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska, is designing a program that promotes nine locally grown fruits and vegetables and supports schools in serving and promoting these foods in the school cafeteria.

Encourage your school to report local food purchases for school meal and snack programs with the  Nebraska Farm to School Local Purchase Report . This report demonstrates the increasing demand for locally grown product and offers a snapshot to schools across the state as to prices being paid for Nebraska-grown fruits and vegetables. Contact USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), John Goetz at or 515-284-4460.