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Farm to School: Educating, Encouraging and Exciting MPS Students
Tuesday, December 01, 2015 12:25 PM

The Minneapolis Public Schools is doing awesome work sourcing local food and engaging and educating around 35,000 students from 73 schools in the process. Andrea Northup, Farm to School Coordinator, and Bertrand Weber, Food Service Director, have been on board with the district for 4 years and their combined efforts have begun to shift the way Minneapolis Public Schools students view their food. 
The goal of the Farm to School Program is to educate, encourage, and excite K-12 students to think  about where their food is coming from. In order to achieve this goal, Andrea Northrup helps to coordinate various district-wide Farm to School initiatives including Minnesota Thursdays, the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, Taste Tests and, beginning this year, the Garden to Cafeteria program. 
Through these programs, she supports the procurement of good, local food from farmers near the Twin Cities and finds innovative ways to both educate students and engage community members in the process. The following descriptions highlight the Farm to School work that is taking place in the schools...