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Farm to School in Minnesota

Farm to School in Minnesota grew from the commitment of the University of Minnesota 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 rose from ten in 2006 to 123 districts in 2010.

With more than 780,000 meals served to Minnesota students on an average day in 2010, there is enormous opportunity to provide a steady market for Minnesota farmers and ensure the health and wellbeing of future generations.

Schools engaged in Farm to School 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 has proven benefits and there are many ways to get involved. Learn more about the Benefits of Farm to School.

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