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Registration is open for the second annual Schoolyard Garden Summit. The event will be held at the Landscape Arboretum on February 28, 2014.

Geographic Preference: What it is and how to use itUSDA — Read more about how school food service can use a geographic preference to buy local foods. For example, schools can put out a bid for apples within 100 miles of the school.

Using DOD Fresh to Purchase Local ProduceUSDA — Schools can use their USDA Foods entitlement dollars to buy fresh produce; learn more about adding local fruits and vegetables.

Farm to School CensusUSDA — children are getting more of their school food from local farms and school gardens. This video highlights some of the farm fresh food.

Minnesota School Gardens: A Guide to Gardening and Plant ScienceMinnesota Agriculture in the Classroom — Includes Minnesota Standards-based garden lessons and a guide to creating a school garden.

MN School Garden & Farm to Cafeteria SafetyStatewide Health Improvement Program — Guide developed in 2013 as a resource for garden planning, harvest safety, and food safety in the cafeteria.

National Farm to School Network — The 7th Annual Farm to Cafeteria Conference is set for April 15-18, 2014 in Austin, Texas. This gathering, held every-other year, brings together diverse farm to cafeteria stakeholders to learn and expand the impact of the Farm to Cafeteria movement. More information will be posted to in the coming months.

Join the School Gardens community on the Healthy Eating Minnesota Network. Share resources and learn from the experts on this ning website

Eating Better at School: Can New Policies Improve Children’s Food Choices? A new article from the USDA Economic Research Service examines the impacts of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.

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