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Farm to School Month Virtual Field Trip Series

  Contributed by : Sue Knott, Minnesota Department of Agriculture    The Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom program is partnering with Midwest Dairy to host a series of free Virtual Field Trips. In-person classrooms, as well as students distance learning, are invited to join us to meet farmers and tour farms that provide local foods to Minnesota school cafeterias. Virtual Field Trips will be streamed live through the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom YouTube site from 10:00-10:30 AM on the following dates: Thursday, October 1 - Goldenrust Farm , Eyota, MN Thursday, October 8 - Deer Lake Apple Orchard , Buffalo, MN Tuesday, October 13 - Revol Greens , Owatonna, MN Thursday, October 22 - New Roots Produce Farm, Morehead, MN Thursday, October 29 - Ahlgren Dairy Farm , Central Minnesota Please visit to learn more about these farms and register for the Farm to School Month Virtual Field trips!

Let Us Help You Share Your Story!

  Contributed by : Helen Schnoes, Minnesota Department of Agriculture  This October, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture is looking to partner with schools, farmers, and communities across the state to share the story of their activities and celebrations during Farm to School Month. We want to bring awareness and attention to how you are working with partners to get creative and stay connected —and keep eating great local Minnesota grown and raised foods!—in these challenging times. If you are interested in learning more and possibly being featured in a local or statewide news story, reach out to Helen Schnoes, Regional Marketing Specialist, at

Celebrate Farm to School Month

  Contributed by: Jackie Billhymer, University of Minnesota Extension October is National Farm to School + ECE Month! A time to celebrate our connections between students and local food, share our farm to school stories, and show gratitude to our school nutrition and farmer heroes providing essential services during these pandemic times. Regardless of how you celebrate, we are asking all participants - schools, communities and families - to sign up. Tracking the impact of Minnesota Farm to School is a great way to share the importance of the work we are all doing to build Farm to School, and will help statewide organizers identify stories and local efforts to lift up throughout the month. Explore key ways to learn and participate throughout the month by visiting any of the following links: Visit the official Farm to School Month website to explore all of the ways you can participate in this year’s celebration! To learn more about participating farms and this year’s Farm to School Mo

Farm to School Newsletter - September 2020

  Hello Everyone,     As the vibrant oranges and yellows take over the trees, it’s hard to deny an official fall kick-off in Minnesota, or, in our world, the lead into Farm to School Month. Truthfully, because of the evolving ways we’re learning to interact with our environment and one another, I’ve noticed that annual events, which usually bring excitement and predictability to our lives, are stirring up more questions than answers. Friends, family, and colleagues alike are wondering how to safely and meaningfully celebrate occasions that typically gather large crowds of people. Importantly, we also continue wondering how to maintain the momentum of a collective effort that leads to social change and racial equity like we’ve never experienced before. Over the past few months, MN Farm to School network leaders have explored these challenging questions with the goal of making the 2020 Farm to School + Early Care Education (ECE) Month celebrations memorable and accessible to all. Celebra