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.
A free program for schools in Minnesota to connect local and in-season foods to the school cafeteria, classroom and community.
Here are some useful tools to help farmers succeed in this market.
Let's work together to maintain the existing gardens and plant a hundred more.
Stay connected year round through the newsletters and resource people listed below.
See examples of the many ways to get involved in farm to school initiatives.
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 a success 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 PM – 3:30 PM. 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.
Farm to School informal check-ins for schools
What: Join Members from the Minnesota Farm to School Leadership Team and others working in schools as we share updates, discuss hot topics and solve barriers related to farm to school in Minnesota.
Who: School nutrition professionals in school settings.
When: Bimonthly on the first Wednesday of the month from 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Register: Register once and you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining each bimonthly meeting.
Reviewed in 2022