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Thursday, October 19, 2017




Minnesota Farm to School and Early Care and Education Grants (due: Nov. 16)

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will make Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Farm to School and Farm to Early Care and Education Grants available for K-12 institutions and early care and education organizations. The MDA has sample grants available to support you in applying.

Jackie Kanthak from Alice Smith Elementary in Hopkins makes sauce from local tomatoes using a commercial immersion blender funded by the AGRI Farm to School Grant program.
Jackie Kanthak from Alice Smith Elementary in Hopkins makes sauce from local tomatoes using a commercial immersion blender funded by the AGRI Farm to School Grant program.

The MDA will award up to $400,000 to eligible institutions to increase the use of Minnesota grown and raised foods through planning grants or equipment purchases and physical improvements. AGRI Farm to School Grants have assisted schools and early care and education organizations purchase food processors, cooling and storage equipment, and specialized ovens to make it easier to serve Minnesota grown produce, meat and dairy. Past grantees have utilized planning grant funds to develop their Farm to School programs by connecting with farmers in their area, determining how seasonal produce fits into menu cycles and creating processes to use local foods in infant foods at early care settings.

Apply for a grant. Applications for AGRI Farm to School and Farm to Early Care and Education Grants must be submitted by 4:00 p.m. CST on November 16, 2017. The request for proposals and instructions can be found online at: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/grants/grants/mnfarmtoschool.aspx

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