Farm 2 School
at Pius X High School
Pius X has been selected for a Nebraska Farm to School grant. The purpose of the grant is to implement and advance the Farm to School movement within the cafeteria, classroom, and community. A team consisting of Pius X administrator, food and nutrition services director, green school farm manager, Lincoln Extension Office educators, and Partnership for a Healthy Lincoln Wellness Manager attended the week long Farm to School Institute.
Benefits of Farm to School
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 farmtoschool.org; and additional economic benefits in the Economic Impacts of Farm to School report.
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 students and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities.
The Pius X team will continue to meet throughout the year to work on goals. Please contact the Food and Nutrition Services Director, Carmen Goeden, firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in contributing to the long term success of the Farm to School program at Pius X and the community.
About the Institute
The Nebraska Farm to School Institute was a unique opportunity to impact the entire community. The Nebraska Farm to School Institute provided training and support for school-community teams to develop a farm to school program locally. Selected teams came together from across the state to participate in engaging workshops, learn best practices from national experts, and create an action plan to carry out in their respective communities. This project is a collaboration between the Nebraska Department of Education and Nebraska Extension – made possible by funding from the USDA Farm to School Grant program.