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Farm to school networking events

Is your school nutrition department interested in making new connections to purchase local foods from farmers and producers in your area? Join us when we come to your area of Minnesota for a Farm-to-School networking event and workshop. Space is limited so register early.


2-2:15 p.m. School check-in

2:15-3:15 p.m. Facilitated buyer and farmer networking 

Meet buyers interested in buying local foods and farmers interested in selling them. Local farmers and buyers will connect one-on-one about what they’re interested in buying and what they grow and produce. Get to know who is producing what your school needs and make a plan to follow up with each other later on. Bring your business cards!

3:30-4:30 p.m. Farm-to-School workshop for school nutrition professionals

UMN Extension and the Minnesota Department of Education will host this workshop for school nutrition professionals. Learn tips and tricks for menu planning, drafting specifications and procurement methods, food safety and local food regulations information, and examples of connecting the cafeteria, classroom and community.


FREE to school buyers


Register early, space is limited.



Questions? Contact Sami Burington at Samantha.Burington@state.mn.us.

Date City Location
Dec. 1, 2022 Aitkin Sampaguita Event Center, 204 Minnesota Ave. N, Aitkin, MN 56431
Dec. 2, 2022 Virginia Natural Harvest Food Coop, 732 N. 4th St., Virginia, MN 55792
Dec. 19, 2022 Red Wing Ignite Building, 419 Bust St., Red Wing, MN 55066
Jan. 11, 2023 Willmar MinnWest Technology Campus, 1700 Technology Dr. NE, Willmar, MN 56201
Jan. 12, 2023 Moorhead First Congregational UCC Moorhead, 406 South 8th St., Moorhead, MN 56560
Jan. 18, 2023 Rochester UMN Regional Extension Office, 140 Elton Hills Lane NW, Rochester, MN 55904
Feb. 8, 2023 Northfield Keepsake Cidery, 4609 135th St. E, Dundas, MN 55019
Feb. 16, 2023 St. Paul Minnesota Farmers Union, 305 Roselawn Ave. E #200, St. Paul, MN 55117
Mar. 14, 2023 Mankato The Wooden Spoon, 515 N. Riverfront Dr., Mankato, MN 56001

Farmers will be at the Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) workshops earlier in the day and then join us for networking. If you are a farmer who is interested in attending a GAPs workshop, please register for a workshop on the Farm food safety page.

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