Editorial, 05/14: A great idea for a farm-to-school network that took too long to materialize | Editorial
“I want to keep our food dollars in Nebraska, not send them to California,” Brandt said last month from the floor.
In addition to boosting local economies, allowing schools to source food from neighboring farmers could also create educational opportunities for students, Brandt said.
Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in rural areas of the state grow up learning about food systems in a way students in urban centers often miss, but Hunt said LB396 allows them to trace the origins of the food they eat each day.
It sounds like a slam dunk – well on its way – but we would always be remiss to question the need to appropriate around $ 100,000 a year, to hire a statewide coordinator for it. program.
It looks like Nebraska farmers wouldn’t need to be pressured to apply to be included in this networking opportunity. This would put them on the list of school districts. Most, if not all, districts already have someone dedicated to buying produce at one location to choose to buy local.
In a budget of $ 9 billion, $ 100,000 is a drop in the bucket. But that’s real money for a small district. It’s a laudable project, but it’s a shame that it will take some extra expense to make it happen.
We love the concept. We love the spectacle of bipartisanship, and we love the idea that farmers in Nebraska are given a public entity to keep more dollars in Nebraska.