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Farm to School Flourishes in Minnesota and in SNAP-Ed

By Callie Recknagel, SNAP-Ed Regional Coordinator

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service recently released the 2015 Farm to School Census Data. In Minnesota, 268 school districts out of 689 participate in farm to school activities, which includes more than 1,000 schools, and over 416,000 students. That translates to over $12 million invested in local food in Minnesota in one school year!

A snapshot of Minnesota school districts' farm to school activity.

Though we may not always use the term “farm to school,” SNAP-Ed educators and Extension educators are immersed in this work -- teaching nutrition education classes in schools, doing taste tests with youth, promoting locally grown foods, helping to develop healthier menus that incorporate local foods, working with food hubs and connecting local growers with schools, setting up Smarter Lunchrooms, teaching lessons in the garden, and more.

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