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About Farm to school

Farm to school happens in the cafeteria, classroom and community.

Infographic showing the core elements of farm to school explained in text below

There are many ways to get involved in farm to school initiatives. For example, schools may:

  • Serve local food at breakfast, lunch or during snack time.

  • Incorporate school gardens or food preparation within classroom lessons.

  • Feature local foods in healthy school fundraisers.

  • Engage students in trips to a farm or farmer presentations.

  • Establish composting and waste management programs.

Dig deeper into Minnesota’s farm to school initiatives and practices!


Farm to school in Minnesota

How farm to school practices have grown in Minnesota, how they stimulate Minnesota’s economy and stories from the field.

Farm to School: Growing our future documentary

This 30-minute documentary 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.

Related resource

The Benefits of Farm to School (PDF)National Farm to School Network — This fact sheet offers a research-based overview of the benefits of farm to school to students, parents, schools, communities, and farmers.

Farm to School leaders in Minnesota — Minnesota Department of Education — This resource offers a list of people across Minnesota providing leadership to farm to school in their communities and statewide.

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