Farm to School - resources

Information for Schools

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Getting started

  • 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

Getting support

Food safety

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.

School gardens

Student education resources

Additional resources

Wellness policies

Updated Friday, October 13, 2017 at 11:47AM