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Farm to school

Farm to school happens in cafeterias, classrooms and communities. These 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.

Join us for the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch

Registration is now open for the 2021 Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch. Let's celebrate what is happening in cafeterias, classrooms and communities across Minnesota. No celebration is too small-- even a family can register. 

Register for the Apple Crunch


Resources on procuring local foods for foodservice staff.


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

School gardens

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

Food safety

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

Wellness policies

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


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

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.

Get involved

Stay connected year round through the newsletters and resource people listed below.

About Farm to school

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

Reviewed in 2021

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