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Minnesota Farm to School Toolkit Acknowledgements

The Minnesota Farm to School Toolkit for School Foodservice was introduced in November 2008 after countless hours of hard work by numerous individuals. Interest in developing a farm to school toolkit grew after a three-year pilot project in the Willmar Public School District led by Annette Derouin, Lynn Mader, and others. Beginning in 2005, the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships supported Lynn Mader to begin developing farm to school practices in western MN.

Part of this work involved foraging for farm to school initiatives. As a result, the demand for farm to school resources grew. To address the needs of Minnesota school foodservice professionals, Annette and Lynn approached the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture who agreed to coordinate and oversee the development of the Minnesota Farm to School Toolkit for School Foodservice.

In Fall 2010, demand for farm to school resources and tools again increased. University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Department of Health partnered, and with funding from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, transformed the original toolkit to include additional tools and resources for school foodservice, farmers, partners, and teachers. The toolkit continues to evolve to meet the needs of farm to school practitioners.
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