Minnesota Seeks Input on Expanding Farm to School Efforts

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Education and other partners, is hosting public input sessions to discuss the future of Farm to School and Early Care efforts in Minnesota. All members of the public are welcome to participate, including —but not limited to —farmers, school nutrition professionals, early care providers, food system partners, and educators. Participants will be asked to provide input on strategies for expanding initiatives likes school and early care food purchasing from Minnesota producers, food and agriculture education, school gardens, and effective cross-sector collaboration. Input sessions will be held online May 23 and 28, 2024. Ideas and feedback collected from these sessions will be used to help build out and refine Minnesota’s first-ever Farm to Kids Strategic Plan for increasing local food purchasing as well as food and ag education efforts over the next three to five years in schools and early care settings across the state.