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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.

Two elementary student eat a healthy lunch including Minnesota grown apples.

Apply to pilot Minnesota's new Harvest of the Month (HOTM) program

Are you interested in building your school’s Farm to School programming and could you use some help figuring out how to get started? The Minnesota Departments of Agriculture and Education (MDA, MDE) invite school-based teams to apply to pilot the Minnesota Harvest of the Month (HOTM) program next school year. You will get program materials, recipes, educational resources, technical support and a small stipend of $1,000-$2,000. 

Questions? Reach out to Helen Schnoes, MDA Farm to School Lead at Helen.Schnoes@state.mn.us.   

Join our pilot, assemble your team, fill out the online application, and turn in by Friday June 4.
Apply today


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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