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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 on-line page offers info 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.
  • Tool kit from Countryside Public Health (PDF 5.58MB/322 pgs) 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.


Getting support

Promotional ideas

Food safety

The Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture have written 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

Information for the More Experienced

Wellness Policies

Updated Friday, May 29, 2015 at 01:43PM