Farm to School Month
October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections all over the country between schools and local food. Whether you are a foodservice professional, a farmer, a teacher, or a food-loving family, you can celebrate and get involved.
Join the Celebration
Check out the Farm to School Month opportunities below and decide what works for you and your community. Each event includes resources to support your success.
Schools across the state kicked off Minnesota Thursdays on October 6 with a special Midwest Menu: local chicken and an apple, along with a veggie and whole grain. Highlight your farm to school program with Minnesota Thursdays throughout the year.
Minnesota Thursdays and Farm2School
In this session sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Education, you will learn how your school can implement Minnesota Thursdays by sourcing an entirely locally-sourced meal on the first Thursday of every month. This free, hour-long session begins at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1. Register for the Thursday webinar.
- Check out past menus and activities from Minneapolis Public Schools here: Minnesota Thursdays.
- Showcase your local items, the farmers who produced 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).
Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch
Schools across the Great Lakes region participated in the third annual Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch at noon on Thursday, October 13. Visit the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch Facebook page for pictures from the day.
Spread the Word
Here are two ways to 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:
Get the Tools
The MN Thursday logo was created by Kollin Leisinger,
Minneapolis Public Schools Culinary & Nutrition Services
Get the resources you need for a successful celebration.
Download the postcard to the right or create your own with these files:
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.
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.