Minneapolis Public Schools is now seeking Farm to School partner farms via our 2017-2018 Farm to School Request for Proposal (RFP). We are looking for small and mid-sized growers who are committed to sustainable practices to provide a wide variety of fruits and vegetables for our school meals.
The Farm to School RFP includes: 1) general information about MPS and our farm to school program, 2) partner farm expectations and selection process, 3) response form where farmers fill out information about their farms, and 4) pricing & availability form for farmers to indicate volumes and pricing of specific items they can provide. Partner farms are selected on value-based criteria (outlined in RFP) and pricing.
Interested farms, farm cooperatives, aggregators and food hubs can visit the district’s procurement webpage for instructions on how to request a copy of the RFP. Organizations must file an Intent to Submit form by Wednesday, February 15th at 4pm, and final RFP responses are due on Monday, February 27th at 2pm.
**For farms currently involved in the 2017-2018 bidding process, here are the written responses to questions asked on our Pre-Bid Conference Call.
Farmers were selected through a competitive bidding process: MPS Farm to School Fresh Produce Request for Proposals 16-2.