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About Farm to School

Minnesota has seen rapid growth of farm to school. The number of Minnesota school districts engaged in farm to school practices rose from 18 districts in 2006 to 268 districts in the 2014. According to the most recent USDA Farm to School Census data, schools responding reported spending 13 percent of their budgets on local products, with a total of $12 million invested in the Minnesota economy through purchasing local food.

Farm to School Leadership Team

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

Videos

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 Month

Find resources to help you celebrate farm to school initiatives.

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.

Related 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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