Farm to School stories
MDH works with University of Minnesota Extension and many other partners to help schools across Minnesota make Farm to School a reality.
Farm to School is a focus of the Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP).
Here are a few Farm to School stories from across Minnesota:
- The kids are loving it in Brainerd (PDF)
When the cooks at Brainerd High School and Forestview Middle School requested 80 pounds of vegetables in September 2011 to serve on the salad bar, local farmers met the challenge.
- Putting a dream into action at Waseca Junior High (PDF)
It all started 10 years ago with a salad bar and a foodservice director with a dream. The dream was to start a school garden at Waseca Junior High.
- Sibley East creates “a link between the rural community and kids” (PDF)
The situation in Sibley East Schools was no different than many schools across the country. Kids weren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables and had little knowledge of food production.
- Breckenridge High School thinks sustainability (PDF)
At Breckenridge High School, located just west of Fergus Falls, Student Council members got their hands dirty in May 2011 in a good way. They planted 33 trees to make a fruit orchard on school grounds.
- Engaging students through agriculture at Golden Hill in Rochester (PDF)
Seed money from SHIP is “Growing Graduates” at Golden Hill Alternative Learning Center’s garden in Rochester.
- “I never knew there were so many different kinds of apples,” said Winfair Elementary student (PDF)
Kids at Winfair Elementary in Windom are embracing Farm to School. Starting in the 2010-11 school year, 266 kindergarten through third-grade students enjoyed locally grown produce.
"This is truly enjoyable and rewarding project!! Our students taste the difference."
—Carrie Frank, Food and Nutrition Director, Dover-Eyota Schools
Updated Monday, January 09, 2017 at 11:23AM