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Procurement is a core element of farm to school implementation. Foodservice staff are at the frontlines of procurement. The resources on this page will equip you to procure local foods like a boss.

Minnesota Resources

Toolkit for Direct Purchasing of Local Foods — Minnesota Institute of Sustainable Agriculture — This toolkit is intended for use by school districts, as well as other types of food service, for procurement of local food directly from farmers.

Minneapolis Public Schools Farm to School Toolkit — Read about MPS’ farm to school program and the many useful tools, resources and documents that have been developed since its inception.

Farm to School Assessment ToolMinnesota Department of Health — Is your farm to school initiative starting up, cruising, or breaking barriers? Take this self-assessment to find out.

Minnesota Grown Wholesale DirectoryMinnesota Department of Agriculture — Find farmers who market to restaurants, schools, grocers and other wholesale accounts. Search by item, zip code, insurance, distribution options and more. Don’t miss the useful chart showing what’s in season in Minnesota!

Now We're Cooking! A Collection of Simple Scratch Recipes Served in Minnesota SchoolsMinnesota Department of Health — Explore this collection of recipes that celebrates Minnesota’s creativity and passion for tasty and healthy school meals.

National Resources

USDA Farm to School Program — This program of the Food and Nutrition Service’s Office of Community Food Systems helps incorporate local foods into child nutrition programs through grant making, training and technical assistance, and research.

National Farm to School Network — The website has a wealth of information about farm to school initiatives across the country. Start with Getting Started with Farm to School for five steps to get your program going.

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