October is National Farm to School Month, a time during which University of Minnesota Extension and statewide partners recognize the importance of farm to school programs as a means to improve child nutrition, support local economies, and educate children about the origins of food.
Farm to school tours and events are taking place across Minnesota during the month of October. Here are two upcoming events
- Thursday, October 6: Minnesota Thursday/Midwest Menu — Follow #MNThurs on Twitter for pictures of great local lunches.
- Thursday, October 13: Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch — Like the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch Facebook page to learn about crunches all over the Great Lakes region.
In addition, Minnesota Department of Agriculture is taking the lead on school tours throughout the month. For more details on Farm to School Month opportunities, visit Extension’s Farm to School Month page.
University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Department of Health co-convened a statewide Farm to School Leadership Team in April 2011 to move the farm to school agenda forward in Minnesota. Since then, farm to school partnerships have flourished in Minnesota. According to the USDA Farm to School Census, 268 school districts in Minnesota participated in farm to school practices in the 2014-2015 school year. This is up from 18 in 2006 and 145 in 2011.
For more information on farm to school in Minnesota, visit About Farm to School.