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Farm to School Workshops Across Greater Minnesota

Contributed by: Grace Brogan, Renewing the Countryside

We’re excited to share with you that throughout the winter and spring of 2020, six Farm to School workshops are taking place to build connections and skills among area farmers, school nutrition staff, and others interested in increasing local food purchasing among community institutions. Attendees will: 

Photo by Kathy Burrill of culinary training with
Chisago Lakes Area nutrition staff
  • Learn from peers who have experienced Farm to School successes and have navigated challenges
  • Build relationships and explore opportunities between local food producers, school nutrition staff, efficiencies via farmers market aggregation, and other local buyers interested in purchasing from area farmers
  • Build on needs and opportunities within each specific community, sparking momentum
  • Learn about best practices and resources around local food purchasing, school gardens, culinary skills and other Farm to School concepts 

Communities surrounding Aitkin, Wabasha/Lake City, and Grand Rapids have already conducted well-attended and productive events despite the cold, while Cannon Falls’ will occur around the publishing of this newsletter, with Chisago City and Rochester events forthcoming. Recent participants have shared, “I feel energized and much better connected!” and “Great attendance and great information. Thank you!”

Photo by Brett Olson of the Grand Rapids Farm to School
event in February
Each event is planned in close partnership with local schools and community partners, so event details are subject to change. For the most recent information, visit or contact Renewing the Countryside Program Manager Grace Brogan,

These events are made possible by the USDA Farm to School Grant program and many local sponsors. Organizing partners include the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, the Minnesota Farmers Market Association, and Renewing the Countryside. Content partners include The Good Acre, the MN Schoolyard Garden Coalition, and the Minnesota Department of Health, with additional support from members of the Farm to School Leadership Team.

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