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Wednesday, July 27 • 10:45am - 11:30am
Social Emotional Learning and Farm to School: Impacts to the Whole Child in Rural, Tribal, and Urban Schools

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Farm to School and Early Care Education cultivates Social and Emotional Learning and Health with experiential education and hands-on gardening activities. Gardening and nature-based activities can contribute to rural prosperity, urban self-sufficiency, and tribal food sovereignty. Learn about farm to school impacts from the stories of Beyond School Bells urban vertical growing space, the Freight Farm Greenery in Lincoln; and the Umo nhon Nation Public Schools Ashita Thewathe, a nature-based garden education curriculum that infuses all academic areas with Indigenous wisdom and culturally-relevant hands-on learning. We’ll learn about the resources needed to jump start these programs, and the health, educational, and economic impacts they are providing to the students and community.


Jeff Cole

Nebraska Children and Family Foundation
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Delberta Frazier

Áshíta The wáthe / Culture Teacher, Umonhon Nation Public School
I have been working for the past five years at Umoⁿhoⁿ Nation Public School which is located on the Omaha Indian Reservation in Nebraska. I helped develop the Áshita Théwathe which is an innovative nature-based education program  which takes place in an outdoor setting.  The... Read More →

Brenda Murphy

Outdoor Classroom teacher, Umonhon Nation Public School
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Sarah Smith

Farm to School Specialist, Nebraska Department of Education
Sarah Smith has spent more than 15 years in dedicated exploration of our country’s food culture and environmental landscape. Her core focus as the Farm to School Specialist at the Nebraska Department of Education is to develop networks for input gathering and collaboration around... Read More →

Wednesday July 27, 2022 10:45am - 11:30am CDT
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