Farm to School Farms

Farm to School Farms
Did you know that Minneapolis Public Schools sources fresh, local produce from small and mid-sized growers who are committed to sustainable practices to provide a wide variety of fruits and vegetables for our school meals?
Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) started our Farm to School program in 2013, and five years later we are partnering 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. 

Want to grow produce for MPS for 2019-2020 school year? 

MPS Culinary & Wellness Services is seeking partner farms for the 2019-2020 school year. Each winter, we select our partner farms  for the upcoming school year through a competitive bidding process using our Farm to School Fresh Produce Request for Proposal (RFP). The 2019-2020 Farm to School RFP will be released in early January 2019. Interested in first learning more about our Farm to School program and how we work with local farms? Curious if partnering with MPS may be a good fit for your farm? Join us for our Farm to School Informational Meeting on December 13th!

MPS Farm to School Information Meeting for Growers

WHEN: December 13th, 2018, 10:30-11:30am
WHERE: MPS Culinary Center, 812 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis 55411
WHO: Farmers, farm cooperatives, food hubs, aggregators and other interested parties. Everyone is welcome!  
WHY: Learn about the Farm to School program, desired produce items and quantities for the 2019-2020 school year, the Farm to School Request for Proposal (RFP) bidding process, and more.  


Meet our 2018-2019 Farm to School Partner Farms

For the 2018-2019 school year, MPS is buying almost 40 different varieties of vegetables and fruits from 13 farms and farm cooperatives in the region. Please see the map below for partner farm details.