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Farm to School

Farm to School
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October is National Farm to School Month!

Since 2013, Minneapolis Public Schools has partnered with local farms to buy fresh, healthy foods for our students. Our Farm to School Program is a WIN-WIN-WIN! We support our neighboring farmers, provide our kids with fresh and flavorful food, and contribute to our local economy.
 
We currently partner with 13 small to medium sized farms and farmer cooperatives to source nearly 40 varieties of produce for our school meals. Our partner farms are located within 250 miles of the Twin Cities and use sustainable or certified organic practices.
Farm to School Farms Local Foods Farm to School Community BBQ Farm to School Toolkit Farm to School Videos School Gardens
 
Our district's Farm to School Program has three main components:

Local Food

MPS work directly with local farms to sources as much fresh produce as possible! We also make it a priority to buy other local products like meats, salsas, and baked goods. We distinguish between: Local - grown within 200 miles of the Twin Cities Farm to School - grown by a small to mid-sized farmers using sustainable growing methods, typically within 100 miles of the Twin Cities

Food Education

We work with partners to provide hands-on opportunities for students to learn about food, nutrition and agriculture. We: Host special events and promotions, like Minnesota Thursdays Conduct taste tests of fresh, flavorful new items Bring our farmer partners into school classrooms and cafeterias Support school gardens, and envision an MPS Urban Farm to engage students in food, farming and nutrition education.

Community Engagement

We partner with nonprofit organizations, businesses, families and community members to assure that our farm to school program is rooted in the community. We: Highlight exciting happenings in our monthly e-newsletter, The Whole Carrot Partner with organization and community members on special events, including our annual Farm to School Community BBQ Attend and present at meetings, events & conferences Participating in local coalitions and collaboratives, like the National Farm to School Network and School Food FOCUS
 
MPS Culinary & Wellness Services prides itself on working closely with both local and national farm to school partners. If you are interested in working with us, please contact our Farm to School Coordinator.