Farm to School
Farm To School is a Pride of the Prairie/West Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership strategy initiated in 2004 to improve healthy eating habits of young and school age children in West Central Minnesota through educational programs, experiences and school foodservice that connects farming and nutritious and health foods.
Farm to School Purpose
Connect schools with local farms by:
• Reconnecting communities, through children, to the food system and the impact of their food choices
• Supporting local small farmers and the value of agriculture forcommunities improving healthy eating habits of Pre-K and K-12 age children in West Central Minnesota through educational programs, experiences and school foodservice that connects farming and nutritious and healthy foods.
Students receive hands-on experience in harvesting, cooking, and enjoying fresh, local products, to promote a healthier lifestyle using the 3 C’s approach.
School cafeterias prepare, serve and offer tastings of local foods in the cafeteria on special days throughout the school year. Nutrition information is provided about the featured foods.
Teachers are provided resources and offered training for classroom teaching about foods produced in the region.
Farmers teach about local foods at schools, students have field trips to local farms and participate in growing local foods through community gardening experiences.
Local and Regional Featured Foods
Local apples, squash, whole wheat flour, bison, potatoes, dried beans and Minnesota wild rice.
West Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership
Willmar Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services
Steps to a HealthierMN, Kandiyohi Public Health
University of Minnesota Childrens Garden
Morris Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services
Montevideo Public School
Sustainable Farming Association
Land Stewardship Project
Lac qu Parle Valley Community and Early Childhood Education
Lynn Mader - email@example.com, 612-708-8635