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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. MPS partners with 13 small to medium sized farms and farmer cooperatives that are located within 250 miles of the Twin Cities and use sustainable or certified organic practices.

October is National Farm to School Month! 

National Farm to School Month is a celebration of food education, school gardens, and school meals made with healthy, local food. Mark your calendars -- MPS has a variety of Farm to School Month events planned  MPS students, staff, and families can Farm to School Month during distance learning!  

Great Lakes Apple Crunch | October 8 or anytime the week of October 5-9 - The Great Lakes Apple Crunch is a fun and easy way to celebrate Farm to School Month! During the week of October 5-9, MPS Culinary & Wellness Services will serve local apples in our FREE school meal boxes so ALL students can participate and CRUNCH into local apples. Click here to learn more

Minnesota Thursday Lunch | October 22 - School meal boxes the week of Oct 19-23 will include items for an entirely locally-sourced, MN Thursday lunch! Click here to learn more

Eat Local with MPS School Meal Boxes - In celebration of Farm to School Month, MPS FREE school meal boxes will feature a variety of local, Farm to School foods throughout the month of October. Apple, carrots, radishes, squash, and more! Click here to learn more

Virtual Farm Field Trips - Minnesota Ag in the Classroom and Midwest Dairy are hosting a series of FREE Virtual Field Trips in October! Classes and individual students are invited to participate. Meet farmers and tour farms that provide food to Minnesota school cafeterias. Click here to learn more and register.

 

Farm to School Farms Local Foods Great Lakes Apple Crunch Farm to School Toolkit Farm to School Videos School Gardens
 
Our district's Farm to School Program has three main components:
 

Local Food

 
MPS works 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 our different levels of local purchasing by: Farm to School - produce grown by small and mid-sized farmers using sustainable growing methods, typically within 100 miles of the Twin Cities; and Local - produce, meat, and other food items grown or produced within 250 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 and flavorful new items, bring our farmer partners into school classrooms and cafeterias, support school gardens, and host student groups at our MPS Education Farm to engage students in hands-on learning.
 

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 biweekly e-newsletter—The Whole Carrot, partner with organization and community members on special events such as our annual Farm to School Community BBQ, attend and present at conferences and events, and participate in local and national coalitions like Homegrown Minneapolis Food Counciland the National Farm to School Network.
 
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 Kate Seybold, Farm to School Coordinator.