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About Farm to School

Farm to school practices in Minnesota grew from the commitment of the University of Minnesota Extension 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.

To connect with people who have expertise in farm to school, download this resource list of state and regional contacts (558 K PDF). You can also send an email to f2s@umn.edu to receive weekly updates from the Great Lakes chapter of the National Farm to School Network or to contact the Minnesota State Lead.

Benefits of Farm to School

Schools engaged in farm to school practices have reported a 3-16% increase in school meal participation. Additionally, studies have shown that farm to school initiatives increase consumption of fruits and vegetables both at school and at home.

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.

Our Partners

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.

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