Farm to School Month
October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections that are happening all over the country between schools and local food! Whether you are a foodservice professional, a farmer, a teacher, or a food-loving family, there are plenty of ways to celebrate and get involved.
Save the Date for Farm to School Month 2016
Download the postcard above or create your own with these files:
The MN Thursday logo was created by Kollin Leisinger, Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary & Nutrition Services Graphic Artist.
Join the Celebration
Check out the multiple Farm to School Month opportunities below and decide what works for you and your community. Each event includes numerous resources to support your success.
October 6 — Minnesota Thursday. Join schools across the state in kicking off Minnesota Thursdays with a special Midwest Menu: serve local chicken and an apple, along with a veggie and whole grain of your choice.
Check out past menus and activities from Minneapolis Public Schools and get the logo and poster template here: Minnesota Thursdays.
Showcase your locally source items, which farmers sourced the items, and the locations of the farm(s) on a map of Minnesota with this template: MN Thursday Template (103 K PDF)
Spread the word with this flyer: MN Thursdays Flyer (391 K PDF)
October 13 — Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch. Participate in the third annual Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch at noon on Thursday, October 13. Sign up to receive free stickers and a copy of the 2016 Crunch Guide to help you plan, carry out, and share your celebratory crunch: Register for the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch!
Get recipes, menu examples, and fun facts for apples: Promoting Apples.
Find a local orchard, storage tips, and nutrition facts for apples: Minnesota Grown Apples.
Note for school food service professionals from Minnesota Department of Education: Minnesota grown apples will be available the month of October for schools to purchase using their DoD dollars in FFAVORS.
Additional resources. The National Farm to School Network has resources for your school and community, available for free or for sale on their website. Visit their Farm to School Month web page to download and share posters, stickers, a communications toolkit, and blog posts highlighting farm to school work across the country.Need help sourcing local foods? Look no further: Finding Local Foods.
Spread the Word
Here are two ways you can help get the word out about Farm to School Month.
- Follow the National Farm to School Network on Facebook and Twitter and share their messages.
- Use these hashtags in your social media messages:
Farm to School: Growing Our Future — 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.
I Dig My Farmer — Institute on Agriculture and Trade Policy — Use this promotional package with customizable materials to feature and celebrate local farmers and their products.