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Farm to School Stories

To showcase the wide range of Farm to School initiatives happening throughout the state, we partnered with University of Minnesota students to interview several past Minnesota Department of Agriculture Farm to School Grant recipients so others can learn from their successes. Click the links below to read their success stories and learn how they've incorporated local foods into their schools.

Tomatoes in Wolf Ridge greenhouse  Barb Schank mixing the ravioli filling  My Plate in the garden sign

Bemidji Area Schools
"We purchase locally to enhance what we're doing in the school. It's a win-win for our local economy and the products have been phenomenal."

Duluth Public Schools
"Farm to school/local procurement adds interest and variety to school meals."

Holdingford Public Schools
“Being in a rural district, farm to school has connected us to our community in a big way."

Hopkins Public Schools
Their goal was to spend $1 per student per month of school on local foods. A farmer suggested making their own sauce and pickles, so they purchased a food processor to do the job.

Lac qui Parle Valley School District
The MDA Farm to School Grant has enabled them to expand their Farm to School program and feature more local foods in the cafeteria.

Lafayette Charter School
"The students are aware of the source of these foods, and have been appreciative of the extra effort to provide locally grown and school grown produce in the lunch program."

Minneapolis Public Schools
The first Thursday of each month is now "Minnesota Thursday" in MPS cafeterias, featuring a completely locally sourced meal.

Owatonna Junior High
"Locally grown food is fresher, looks and tastes better, and spends less time traveling. Sourcing local foods is one of the best things we can do for our kids.

Waconia Independent School District
In 2015, Waconia became the first school in the country to purchase a pasta machine to utilize local flour, eggs, cheese, & vegetables.

White Earth Land Recovery Project
"The program works to bring high-fiber nutrient-dense foods like wild rice, hominy corn and traditional squash to the kids’ diets, as well as to keep food dollars spent within the community."

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center (PDF)
"The Wolf Ridge Organic Farm is a living, breathing hands-on way to learn about the importance of healthy, sustainable food and how it plays a part in the larger community." Link to article by University of Minnesota Extension - Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships.

Learn more about the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Farm to School Grant Program.