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Farm to preschool parallels the goals of early child care communities, including preschools, child care centers, family daycare homes, and Head Start/Early Head Start. Farm to preschool  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 youngest 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.

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 all local food purchases by using the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Procurement Form. Your reporting will help to demonstrate the increasing demand for locally grown products. The Nebraska Farm to School Local Purchase Report  serves as a resource of prices being paid for Nebraska grown fruits and vegetables.   For more information and to begin reporting, contact USDA AMS, John Goetz, at john.goetz@ams.usda.gov or 515-284-4460.

The Nebraska Department of Education’s main office will be closed to walk-in service on Wednesday October 17th from 1-3pm for an all staff meeting.