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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.

Farm to Summer Week: July 26-30

Farm to Summer Week is approaching once again. Farm to Summer week in Minnesota is a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the state between kids and teens and local food. Farm to summer brings the core elements of farm to school into the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and Seamless Summer Option (SSO) to ensure that youth receive nutritious meals when school is out of session.

Summer crunch logo from Minnesota Dept of Education with fruits and vegetables

How to Celebrate!

Step 1: Find out what’s local and in season from Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown Resources.

Step 2: Plan ahead with your procurement process. Where can you find local foods?

Step 3: Serve the local products during Farm to Summer week and all summer long.

Specific Events:

Summer Crunch Event

This year, SFSP and SSO sponsors can take part in the Summer Crunch by purchasing and providing locally grown cucumbers, carrots, radishes or other fresh vegetables during Minnesota Farm to Summer Week,  July 26-30. Register your site now for the Summer Crunch. Sites that participate in the Summer Crunch are encouraged to take photos and/or videos and share them on social media using the hashtag #MNFarmtoSummer. The Minnesota Department of Education will be watching for posts and sharing them out to followers to promote Farm to Summer Week. 

July 29: Minnesota Thursdays

Optional local menu: all beef hot dog on a whole wheat bun, radishes/cucumbers, watermelon and milk. Find more resources in the  Minnesota Thursdays Toolkit


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.

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