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Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge the individuals below, because without their leadership
and dedication this toolkit would not exist.

Writers and Website Content Developers

Jane Grimsbo — Jewett Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture
Annette Derouin — Willmar Public Schools
Lynn Mader — University of Minnesota West Central Regional Partnership
Stephanie Heim — School of Public Health, University of Minnesota
Megan Hines — University of Minnesota
Muriel Kingery — St. Cloud State University
Lillian Magidow — Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

Editor

Beth Nelson — Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture

Project Advisory Team

Connie Burns — University of Minnesota Extension
Jenny Breen — Good Life Catering
JoAnne Berkenkamp — Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
Laurie Benge — Itasca County Public Health
Maggi Adamek — University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
Paul Hugunin — Minnesota Grown, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Lyn Halvorson — Winona Public Schools
Tina Wheeler — Little Falls Public Schools
Linda Kingery — Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
Al Withers — Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Mary Jo Forbord — Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota

Reviewers

Sara Tedeschi — Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems, University of Wisconsin
Colleen Matts — C.S. Mott Group, Michigan State University
Mary Caskey — University of Minnesota Extension
Mary Anderson — Wayzata Public Schools
Pam Bowe — Duluth Public Schools
Brenda Braulick — Sartell Public Schools
Cheryl Pick — Foley Public Schools

Art Director

Brett Olson — Renewing the Countryside

Photography

Brett Olson — Renewing the Countryside
David Hansen — Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, University of Minnesota
Kent Lorentzen — Grand Rapids Farmers Market

The Farm to School Toolkit for School Foodservice was introduced in November 2008 after countless hours of hard work by numerous individuals. View this list of pioneers. Interest in developing a Farm to School toolkit grew after a 3-year pilot project in the Willmar Public School District led by Annette Derouin, Lynn Mader, and others. Beginning in 2005 the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships supported Lynn Mader to begin developing Farm to School for western MN. Part of this work involved foraging for the Farm to School initiatives. As a result, the demand for Farm to School resources began to increase. To address the increasing need of school foodservice in Minnesota, Annette and Lynn approached the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture who agreed to coordinate and oversee the development of the Farm to School Toolkit for School Foodservice.

Then again in Fall 2010, demand for Farm to School resources and tools increased. University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Department of Health partnered with funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to transform the original toolkit to include additional tools and resources for school foodservice, farmers, partners, and teachers.

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