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So Fresh, So Easy Online Training

So Fresh, So Easy online training is a series of five training sessions designed for foodservice professionals. This series is an overview of the components of farm to school and illustrates how easy it is to implement. In less than two hours, you will have numerous resources, contacts, and ideas to begin or enhance your farm to school practices.

The five video segments can be viewed in any order and vary in length from 10-20 minutes each. If you complete all five video segments, you can receive 1.5 CEUs.
  • 1. Why Farm to School?

    This video segment provides an overview of farm to school: the benefits and the basics on how to get started. This video segment covers talking points and provides many resources, including people, you can connect with to answer questions.
    Presentation (2.8 MB PDF) | Resources (307 K PDF)
  • 2. Sourcing Your Farm to School Items

    This video segment addresses legal and food safety issues and provides an overview of the many ways healthy, local foods can be sourced into any school. Other MN schools are highlighted to provide ideas and resources for sourcing local items.
    Presentation (2.6 MB PDF) | Resources (261 K PDF)
  • 3. Menuing Your Farm to School Items

    This video segment shows the viewer how to make menu planning quick and simple and how farm to school foods can help meet the proposed meal standards. Resources are showcased that provide delicious recipes and ideas to menu farm to school items.
    Presentation (1.7 MB PDF) | Resources (307 K PDF)
  • 4. Prepping Your Farm to School Items

    This video segment discusses food safety and proper food handling in the kitchen. It identifies ways to simplify food preparation as well as some of the basic food preparation skills and equipment that are helpful when preparing local fresh foods. Additional resources and examples are provided.
    Presentation (2.6 MB PDF) | Resources (228 K PDF)
  • 5. Promoting your Farm to School Items

    This video segment explores how relationships and partnerships can support farm to school efforts and provides some specific step-by-step guidance for promotion and marketing. You are given examples of other school’s promotion efforts and a variety of resources are provided to help your promotion efforts.
    Presentation (2.9 MB PDF) | Resources (307 K PDF)
If you are a member of the Minnesota School Nutrition Association and would like to obtain a certificate of completion for 1.5 CEUs, please complete this short evaluation.

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