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Farm to School Month

October is National Farm to School + Early Care Education (ECE) Month! A time to celebrate our connections between students and local food, share our farm to school + ECE stories and show gratitude to our nutrition and farmer heroes providing essential services during these pandemic times.

This year, due to COVID-19, we’re broadening our Farm to School + ECE Month events to allow for schools, families and communities to adapt their celebrations to best fit their local needs. Celebrate Farm to School + ECE Month anytime that works best for you and your community during the month of October 2020.

Share your story. Thank our heroes.

Whether you’re a school district or a family, no celebration is too small! 

We want to track and amplify the stories of how Farm to School + ECE Month activities across Minnesota are celebrating the value of healthy, local food, and the heroes in our school lunch rooms and on area farms who make these important connections happen.

Explore our activities for Farm to School + ECE Month!

Sign up and be counted!
A group of four students eat an apple outside of their school building.
A group of seven elementary students smile while they eat apples and their school lunch in the cafeteria.
A school lunch tray with a meal that includes a hotdog, corn on the cob, snap peas, fresh strawberries and lowfat milk.

Celebrate all month

There are a variety of ways you can participate in Farm to School + ECE this year. Register to let us know how and when you’re planning to celebrate and to receive updates of opportunities. Here are a few ways you might celebrate:

COVID-19 Update: We know Farm to School + ECE Month will be different this year, and we are still excited to support our local farmers and ensure access to nutritious foods. Many of the celebration activities can be adapted for remote meal options and social distanced participation.

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Contact Sami Burlington, samantha.burington@state.mn.us, for early access to the Farm to School + ECE Month resource folder or with any questions!

For media inquiries, contact Megan Anderson at megan@bellmontpartners.com or 612-423-0335.

Reviewed in 2020

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