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Farm to school

Farm-to-school practices connect schools with fresh and healthy food grown or raised by Minnesota farmers. Find practical, Minnesota-specific tips on how to start and grow connections for the health of our children and communities.

About farm to school

See examples of the many ways to get involved in farm-to-school initiatives.

Minnesota Harvest of the Month

A free program for schools to connect local and in-season foods to the school cafeteria, classroom and community.

Farm to school month

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections all over the country between schools and local food.


Here are some useful tools to help farmers succeed in this market.

Food safety

These tools and resources will help ensure healthy and safe foods are available in cafeterias across the state.


Resources on procuring local foods for foodservice staff.

School gardens

Let's work together to maintain the existing gardens and plant a hundred more.

School curriculum

These curricula will help make those connections for all ages and in many different subjects.

Wellness policies

The tools on this page will help you achieve your health and wellness goals for your school.

Plug into the Minnesota Farm to School Network

Monthly farm-to-school technical assistance office hours

What: Join members from the Minnesota Farm to School Leadership Team and other farm-to-school and early care stakeholders each month to discuss and find answers to your questions related to local foods and making farm-to-school and early care successful in your community.

Who: Anyone with questions related to farm to school and farm to early care. All are welcome – farmers, school nutrition professionals, early care providers, parents, teachers, distributors, gardeners, local public health professionals, extension educators, and any other farm-to-school and early care advocates.

When: The second Wednesday of the month from 2:30  to 3:30 p.m. If these times don’t work for you, you can submit your questions here.

Register: Join us online via Zoom. Register once and you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining each monthly meeting. 

Get involved

Stay connected and informed year-round. Find people and resources to start or keep your farm-to-school program going strong.


Reviewed in 2022

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