Farm to School in Minnesota

Minnesota has seen rapid growth of farm to school. The number of Minnesota school districts engaged in farm to school practices rose from 18 districts in 2006 to 268 districts in 2014.

Minnesota farm to school by the numbers graphic

According to the most recent USDA Farm to School Census data, schools responding reported spending 13 percent of their budgets on local products, with a total of $12 million invested in the Minnesota economy through purchasing local food.

Farm to school stimulates the minnesota economy

Images taken from Farm to School at a Glance — 2016 Minnesota Leadership Team (PDF)

Related resources

Farm to School StoriesMinnesota Department of Agriculture — From Bemidji Area Schools to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, 10 stories from MDA Farm to School Grant recipients.

Improving Nutrition: Healthy eating in schoolsMinnesota Department of Health — Success stories from the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP).

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