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Farm to School: Growing our future documentary

This 30-minute documentary that premiered in the Twin Cities in March 2012 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.

This documentary aims to spark a dialogue among policy makers at the local, state and national levels. It came at an important time in U.S. history as the nation faced — and is still facing — the devastation of childhood obesity and rising health care costs. Join us on this journey as we work to reverse these troubling trends and bring our nation back to health.

How to get involved

Watch entire 30-minute documentary: TPT Documentaries: Farm to School: Growing Our Future.

View the shortened version: Farm to School: Growing our future — 12-minute version.

Contact farmtoschool@umn.edu for resources to host a screening and tools to lead an engaging group discussion.

Documentary credits

These are some of the people featured in the documentary:

  • David Abazs, Round River Farm

  • Mary Jo Forbord, Prairie Horizons Farm

  • Linda Grover, Former Director, Winona County Economic Development Authority

  • Professor Robert King, PhD, Former University of Minnesota Department of Applied Economics

  • Linda Kingery, Executive Director, Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships

  • Bruce Klaehn, Former Superintendent, Dover-Eyota Public Schools

  • Barb Mechura, Nutrition Services Director, Hopkins Public Schools

  • John Peterson, Ferndale Market

  • Duane Pfleiger, Vice President, Bix Produce Company

  • Professor Mary Story, PhD, RD, Former Professor, University of Minnesota School of Public Health

This television production is brought to you by University of Minnesota Extension, Minnesota Department of Health and Twin Cities Public Television, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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