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About Farm to School

Farm to school practices in Minnesota grew from the commitment of Extension's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships. According to a March 2011 survey conducted by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy in partnership with the Minnesota School Nutrition Association, the number of Minnesota school districts engaged in farm to school practices rose from ten in 2006 to 123 districts in 2010.

Our Partners

Eleven member organizations strive to maximize the resources, ideas, and impact of Minnesota's many farm to school efforts.

Minnesota Farm to School at a Glance

This infographic shows the benefits of Minnesota's Farm to School Leadership Team and the growth of farm to school activities in our state.


Browse this gallery of videos for producers, foodservice professionals, and anyone else interested in seeing farm to school practices in action.

Benefits of Farm to School

Schools engaged in farm to school practices have reported a 3–16% increase in school meal participation.

Farm to School: Growing Our Future Documentary

This 30-minute documentary explores the economic advantages and remaining challenges for businesses, farms, schools and communities as we work together to improve our children’s health and education.

Other Recommended Resources

Farm to School StoriesMinnesota Department of Agriculture — From Bemidji Area Schools to Wolf Ridge Environment Learning Center, 10 stories from MDA Farm to School Grant recipients.

Improving Nutrition: Healthy eating in schoolsMinnesota Department of Health — Success stories from the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP).

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