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Hello and happy 2018 apple crunch day!

We have had so much fun celebrating National Farm to School Month and hope you have too! Today, on the 5th Annual Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch, we are excited to share two grant funding opportunities with you. Please consider applying. If you'd like support or someone to talk through your ideas, Stephanie Heim is available to chat (heim0106@umn.edu; 507-252-6520).
And a big shout out to the 211.416 students, children, and others at 540 different locations crunching into Minnesota apples today!
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USDA Farm to School grant RFA is now available

October is Farm to School Month! And USDA is excited to celebrate by announcing the official release of the FY 2019 Farm to School Grant Request for Applications (RFA). Farm to School programs support local communities through a variety of activities, including taste tests, farm visits, local purchasing, and farmers and producer training.

USDA will award up to $7.5 million in competitive grants to eligible entities through the Farm to School Grant Program in fiscal year (FY) 2019. Each grant helps implement Farm to School programs that increase access to local food in eligible schools, providing students with quality meals at a reasonable cost while also supporting local producers. In FY 2018, USDA awarded 73 grants across the United States.

The RFA includes three tracks—Implementation, Planning, and Training. These will support a variety of projects and implementation stages. Each track provides funding for a specific range of activities:

· Implementation grant awards ran…

AGRI Farm to School grants

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now taking applications for the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) ‘Farm to School’ and ‘Farm to Early Care and Education’ Grants. The MDA will award up to $377,500 to eligible institutions to increase the use of Minnesota grown foods through either planning and feasibility studies or equipment purchases and physical improvements.

“These grants serve two purposes: we are able to invest in schools and early care and education organizations and we can expand markets that support local farmers,” said Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson. “Communities across Minnesota are better off thanks to these AGRI grants and the opportunities they create.”

In previous grant rounds, the highly competitive AGRI Farm to School Grants helped grantees purchase food processors, cooling and storage equipment, and specialized ovens to make it easier to serve Minnesota grown produce, meat, and dairy. Other recipi…

Celebrate Farm to School Month this October!

October is National Farm to School Month! This is a time to recognize the importance of farm to school practices and to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between schools and local food. The Farm to School Leadership Team is excited to support two statewide events: Minnesota Thursdays (October 4) and the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch (October 11). We hope you will celebrate with us! To register for these events, go to z.umn.edu/f2smonth.

In this newsletter, you will learn about applying for a grant, the Hmong American Farmers Association (you won’t want to miss the video at the end), Fridley Public School’s partnership with the Good Acre, and the new MN blueprint for agriculture education.
Cheers,
Minnesota’s Farm to School Leadership Team

Grants available to expand locally grown food in schools, early care organizations

Contributed by: Ashley Bress and Lisa Sawyer, Minnesota Department of Agriculture 

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now taking applications for the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) ‘Farm to School’ and ‘Farm to Early Care and Education’ Grants. The MDA will award up to $377,500 to eligible institutions to increase the use of Minnesota grown foods through either planning and feasibility studies or equipment purchases and physical improvements.

“These grants serve two purposes: we are able to invest in schools and early care and education organizations and we can expand markets that support local farmers,” said Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson. “Communities across Minnesota are better off thanks to these AGRI grants and the opportunities they create.”

In previous grant rounds, the highly competitive AGRI Farm to School Grants helped grantees purchase food processors, cooling and storage equipment, and specialized ovens to make it eas…