It’s an exciting time to be a Farmer and a Student in Nebraska! Recently, Governor Heineman signed a proclamation declaring October as Farm to School Month in the state. With Farm to School everyone, wins because it’s an opportunity for Farmers to access a new market and for Nebraska students to eat a healthy lunch.
The Center for Rural Affairs and Loup Basin RC&D Council will be hosting a Meet n Greet event in Ord on Tuesday, October 14th as a resource for getting involved with Farm to School. This will be an informational session open to anyone interested in farm to school. We’ve found that the absolute best way to connect with schools is to be in the same space at the same time. The Meet n Greet will be held at the Ord Volunteer Fire Hall, 1628 M Street from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and folks are invited to stop by and visit at their convenience.
“If you are a fruit, vegetable, or other specialty crop producer and are looking for new market opportunities, this will be a great opportunity to connect with rural schools,” said Sarah Smith, Farm to School State Lead with the Center for Rural Affairs.
Earlier in the day Farm to School month will be celebrated at Ord Public Schools! Jerry Schmidt, a former District 41 Nebraska Senator will be greeting and tasting local items during the school lunch with students in the cafeteria. After picking up their lunch trays, students will proceed into a classroom for a taste test and learn more about farming from Barb David with Oak Ridge Farms Hydroponics.
Across the country, an increasing number of schools and districts have begun to source more foods locally and to provide complementary nutrition education. For more information, the USDA Farm to School webpage provides a great tool through their Food and Nutrition Website that can be accessed at www.fns.usda.gov/farmtoschool/farm-school
Farm to School is gaining momentum in Nebraska and this would not be possible without the dedicated individuals and organizations involved. For more information about Farm to School in the Loup Basin, contact any Loup Basin RC&D Farm to School Advisory Committee member: Dale Melia, President Loup Basin RC&D Council; Robert & Kristine Bernt, Clear Creek Organic Farms; Barb David, Oak Ridge Farms Hydroponics; Pat Marsh, Loup Basin RC&D Council – AG Diversity Networking Group; Mr. Dave Ference, FFA Advisor – Ord Public Schools; Billene Nemec – Buy Fresh Buy Local Nebraska; Janet Sanders, Executive Director Loup Basin RC&D Council at (308) 346-3393 or email [email protected]; or Sarah Smith, Nebraska Farm to School Lead, (307) 321-9766 or [email protected]