Producer Training: Bringing the Farm to School

This training is intended for local Nebraska food producers, and neighboring states, to learn about selling local foods into school markets.

The Nebraska Department of Education, with project partners, will offer multiple trainings across the state in 2022 and 2023. Future training dates and locations will be posted on this webpage.

Learn more about this project, funded in part with federal funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service through an agreement with the National Center for Appropriate Technology in partnership with the National Farm to School Network at Bringing the Farm to School: Producer Training. The training has been adapted as necessary to best fit the needs of a Nebraska audience.

Schools offer a strong market opportunity for agricultural producers. With more than 30 million students participating in the National School Lunch Program each day, schools provide a large, stable, and long-term market option. Many schools have strong interest in including local products from agricultural producers in their communities in their school meals.

Join this training to learn how to take advantage of these farm to school market opportunities:

●      Learn about accessing school markets, the procurement process, and growing products for school markets.

●      Hear from producers that have successfully navigated farm to school markets.

●      Gain new knowledge and resources for expanding your business to take advantage of school market opportunities.

Project Partners


Review recordings from the first Bringing the Farm to School Producer Training held in Nebraska on March 3, 2022 in Omaha, NE.

Full Session

Lunch Panel: Erin Vik, Jay Wolff, Sherri Lee

Ellen Walsh-Rossmann Presentation

Presenters at the March 3rd training included:
Gary Fehr of Green School Farms; Ellen Walsh-Rosmann and Sherri Lee of FarmTable Procurement & Delivery; Erin Vik of Westside Community Schools; Jay Wolff of Wolff Farms in Norfolk; Donna Handley, Kayte Partch, the NDE.

Facilitators and Trainers:
Justin Carter, Center for Rural Affairs; Stephanie Finklea, Black Chick Farms; Carla Gornall, No More Empty Pots; Ben Jewell, NE Extension; Margaret Milligan, Buy Fresh Buy Local NE; Sarah Smith, NE Department of Education

Are you looking for additional tools, support, and resources to learn about farm to school and how the classroom, cafeteria, and community can grow in farm to school efforts and impacts? Check out these resources and partners!

●      Bringing the Farm to School Producer Training: Case studies

●      Nebraska Farm to School Resources

●      The 2021 Nebraska Farm to School Institute, Day 2 focus on the CAFETERIA

●      Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska

●      Nebraska MarketMaker

●      Center for Rural Affairs (also available in Spanish)

●      No More Empty Pots

●      Comunidad Maya Pixan Mixim

Questions? Contact Sarah Smith, NDE Farm to School Specialist, or 402-525-3128

Updated May 5, 2022 11:09am