Information for Schools
Eating to learn, learning to eat
- National Farm to School clearinghouse This is Minnesota’s school food service staff and teachers first stop for all their farm to school needs. This online resource offers information about buying, preparing and serving local foods and promoting the food to students, parents and teachers. It also offers information about school gardens and the fresh fruit and vegetable program.
- Toolkit from Countryside Public Health (PDF) Countryside Public Health, serving the counties of Big Stone, Chippewa, Lac qui Parle, Swift and Yellow Medicine in western Minnesota, has made available their Farm to School Resource Manual for agencies working on their own Farm to School programs. Developed by Annette Hendrickx Derouin, MPH, RD, SNS, the manual offers materials, promotional messages, recipes and more. To use this manual in its entirety or to draw from materials from it, specific credit needs to be given to Countryside Public Health.
- MN Grown Directory for locating farmers who sell to schools and other wholesalers
- Food safety manual at this Oklahoma site offers a simple produce calculator to help you know how much to order
- Farm to School Field Guide for community members
- Economic analysis from the University of Minnesota: The Economic Impact of Farm-to-School Lunch Programs: A Central Minnesota Example
The Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture have fact sheets for purchasing local foods, canning, freezing or drying foods as well as picking mushrooms for school food service settings.
- On-farm food safety information for K-12 food service personnel (PDF)
- Salad Bars and Food Safety Resource List (PDF)
- Existing Food Facilities Planning to Freeze, Dry or Otherwise Preserve Fresh Foods for Sale or Service (PDF)
- Serving Locally Grown Produce in Food Facilities (PDF)
- Hand Sanitizers: Not a Replacement for Hand washing in Food Service Settings (PDF)
- Existing Food Facilities Planning to Can Fresh Foods for Sale or Service (PDF)
- "Creating and Growing Edible Schoolyards: A How to Manual for School Professionals" from the Anoka County Community Health & Environmental Services Department’s SHIP initiative and the Anoka–Hennepin School District (PDF)
Student Education Resources
- Farm to School for Teachers: A compendium of resources
- Growing Minds provides lesson plans, children’s literature guide, farm field trip ideas and recipes in Spanish and English
- MN Agriculture in the Classroom
- Report of the Humphrey School Farm-to-School Policy Fellows Work Group
- Farm to School: An Overview of Policy and Training Opportunities in Minnesota
- The Economic Impact of Farm-to-School Lunch Programs: A Central MN Example
Sample School Wellness Policy: Farm to School from Public Health Law Center (PDF)