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Greetings!

The first day of spring is just a week away. We are experiencing longer days and the warmth of the sun. Before we know it, the first spears of asparagus will be popping up through the soil.

We hope to see many of you in Cincinnati next month at the 9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference (more info below). And we hope you enjoy this latest issue of Farm to School in Minnesota. If you have ideas for the next issue of this newsletter or have questions about farm to school efforts in general, contact us any time at farmtoschool@umn.edu.

All our best,
Minnesota’s Farm to School Leadership Team

Family and Consumer Science Frameworks adds farm to table standards and benchmarks

Contributed by Maxine Peterson, Minnesota Department of Education

This summer, the Minnesota 2015 Family and Consumer Science (FACS) Frameworks for middle and high school FACS teachers added farm to table standards and benchmarks. The addition was due to collaboration with The Good Acre, Minnesota School Garden Coalition, Minnesota’s Farm to School Leadership Team, and FACS teachers who have implemented farm to table curriculum in recent years.

The updates in the Fundamentals of Food Preparation section of the curriculum address where food comes from, farm to table food systems, and local food access, including discussion of school gardens and food justice. The Frameworks in the Global Foods section of the curriculum addresses food systems, food sustainability, and technology on an international scale.View the Minnesota Family and Consumer Sciences Frameworks here or on the Minnesota Department of Education website for more detail on scope, sequence, and benchmarks. Contact Maxine Pe…

Growing policy support for farm to school

Contributed by Erin McKee, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy


With the start of the 2018 Minnesota legislative session three weeks ago, farm to school and early care advocates are thinking once again of how state policy could support these initiatives across our state. Right now, Minnesota isin the minority of states that do not have official policy explicitly supporting farm to school and early-care efforts. See the State Farm to School Legislative Survey 2002-2017 for details.

While farm to school practices in our state have increased over the past decade, the lack of state policy is preventing these efforts from reaching their full potential to support Minnesota farmers and schools in providing more fresh, healthy Minnesota-grown food to all students. Farm to school policy will provide the statewide consistency, stability and support to ensure the future success of these efforts.

The sustainability of farm to school and early care practices depends on the success of all pa…

Save the date for summer agriculture tours

Contributed by Sue Knott, Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Join Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom for an in-the-field learning experience — sign up for a summer teacher tour! Three unique tours will allow educators to get a first-hand look into the food, fiber and fuel systems that keep Minnesota going. Take the opportunity to grow your agricultural experiences and share resources and ideas with other K-12 teachers.
Here's a list of upcoming tours:
Buzzing with Agriculture Literacy Tour, June 20, Chanhassen. Tour stops include Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Gale Woods Farm, and Roots Return Heritage Farm. Agriculture Research and Innovation: Northern Minnesota Tour, July 12, Grand Rapids. Tour stops include North Central Research and Outreach Center, and Portage Brewing Company.  Many Faces of Agriculture: Southwest Minnesota Tour, July 26-27, Fairmont. Tour stops include Round Lake Winery, AgCo – Ag Equipme…

Upcoming Events

Food Policy Reception
4 to 6 p.m. Monday, March 26
“Vault” room in the basement of the Minnesota State Capitol Building

Join the Good Food Access Campaign, Farm to School & Early Care and the Minnesota School Nutrition Association (MSNA) to create a space for legislators to learn about complimentary food policies impacting the well-being of Minnesotans, particularly our youth. RSVP for the reception!

Minnesota School Garden Coalition Quarterly Gathering
4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24
Humboldt High School, 30 East Baker Street, Saint Paul, MN 55107

This gathering features a tour of the Humboldt School Garden, with a focus on seed-starting activities for students. Please RSVP to mnsgcoalition@gmail.com to register and receive updates on any changes.

9th National Farm to Cafeteria Conference
April 25-27 in Cincinnati, Ohio
Learn more and register for the conference.

Save the date

October is Farm to School Month. Get ready to crunch into Minnesota grown apples on Thursday, October 11!

MAELC accepting grant applications

The Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) is accepting grant applications for the improvement of agricultural education across Minnesota. Funds will be awarded in two categories: Strategic Initiatives and Common Fund. Applications are due before midnight on April 15.