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Farm To School


Registration is now open to participate in Nebraska Thursdays ! Join schools across the state in celebrating local foods the first Thursday of every month!

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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