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Farm to School

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Farm to School connects schools with locally grown food. It emphasizes food raised by family farmers for the mutual benefit of our youth, farmers, and communities. It builds partnerships, coordinates trainings, and provides hands-on nutrition education to children. Local food procurement creates opportunities for Minnesota farmers and strengthens the Minnesota economy. Farm to School can look different at each school, but generally fits into three categories: Education, Procurement, and School Gardens.

Check out the resources below to learn more and join in the Farm the School movement.

Read about Minnesota's Farm to School Success Stories here!

MDA Resources

Newest Minnesota Grown logo 

Looking for local foods for your school? Search the Minnesota Grown Wholesale Directory. Minnesota Grown also offers free local food promotional materials for schools.

Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom logo

Explore Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom for free farm to school related educational resources, like the Minnesota School Garden Guide. 

Minnesota Department of Agriculture logo

Apply for a Farm to School Grant to help your school or childcare center serve more local foods.

Additional Resources

UMN Extension logo

University of Minnesota Extension offers Farm to School Resources for cafeteria, classroom & community.

 USDA Farm to School logo

The USDA Farm to School webpage highlights resources for every part of the farm to school process.

National Farm to School Network logo

National Farm to School Network’s searchable resource database has examples, lessons, and research.

MDA Contact

Ashley Bress
Ag Marketing and Development Division
651-201-6648, ashley.bress@state.mn.us