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Farm to School builds connection between students, local food, farmers, and the community. In Minneapolis Public Schools, our Farm to School Program provides students with access fresh, local food in school meals; creates experiential learning opportunities for students to explore, taste, and grow food; and seeks to build and support community through the power of food.

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 for MPS students, staff and families to participate in all month long! Here is more information and how you can celebrate Farm to School month with us! 

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Our district's Farm to School Program has three main components:
 

Local Food

 
Minneapolis Public Schools partners with small and mid-size farms to source hundreds of thousands of pounds of local produce each year for our school meals. Our Farm to School partner farms are typically located within 100 miles of the Twin Cities and use sustainable growing practices. We also work with to other local farm and food businesses to buy products such as meat, dairy, breads, and valued-added products.
  • Farm to School - produce grown by small and mid-sized farmers using sustainable growing methods, within 100 miles of the Twin Cities. Learn more about our Farm to School partner farms.
  • Local - produce, meat, and other food items grown or produced within 250 miles of the Twin Cities. Learn more about our diverse local food procurement.
MPS is proud that local food, including Farm to School produce, accounts for 25% of our district’s total food purchases, and we continue to increase the amount of local food we buy each year.
 

Food & Garden Education

 
MPS Culinary & Wellness Services works closely with schools and partner organizations to provide hands-on opportunities for students to learn about and experience local food, nutrition and agriculture. We host special events like Minnesota Thursdays and True Food Taste Tests in our school cafeterias, coordinate farmer visits to school classrooms and cafeterias, support school gardens, host student fields trips at our MPS Education Farm, and more.
 

Community Engagement

 
We work closely with nonprofit organizations, businesses, families and community members to ensure 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.
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Farm to School Month