Nebraska Farm to School Efforts Linking Farmers and Students
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The Center for Rural Affairs posted an update highlighting farm to school successes in Nebraska. The state’s farm to school program just added its first full-time employee, and this past June, University of Nebraska Extension and partners hosted the first statewide Farm to School Institute. The Gering public school district’s director of food services has been adding more local products to the farm to school program over the last three years. Some districts involve students in growing food that supplies cafeterias or is sold at farmers markets. Meanwhile, farm to school advocates point to how using local food in school meal programs can strengthen local economies.