We’re Hosting a Farm to School Food Forum!

On Friday, October 12th we are gathering farmers, local Farm to School leaders, and Nutrition Service professionals to share best practices, challenges, and innovations in Farm to School programs in Twin Cities K-12 schools. This invitation-only event is the culmination of our USDA Farm to School grant which enabled our work with four focus districts: Fridley, Robbinsdale, Roseville, and Eden Prairie Public Schools. Guests are in for a half-day of panels and facilitated discussions, they’ll enjoy a local lunch, and will get the chance to network with other attendees and talk to local legislators about the importance of advancing farm to school policy in our state. There will also be a discussion on how you can rally your community around Farm to School through Op-Eds in the local newspaper.

If you’re interested in attending, reach out to our Programs Manager, Natalie Vandenburgh at [email protected].


Welcome and Introductions 
Emily Paul of The Good Acre

Opportunities and Challenges
Why Make Farm to School Work?

Angie Richie of Roseville Area Schools and Becca Carlson of Seeds Farm

Nuts and Bolts of Farm to School
Procurement, Production, Labor, Budgeting

speakers TBD

Meet and greet with Minnesota’s USDA Farm to School Grantees

Change Beyond the Lunch Line
Farm to School Communications, Policy, and Advocacy

Stephanie Heim of UMN Extensions and Erin McKee of IATP


New Frontiers in Farm to School
Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) and Business to School (B2S)

Jenny Breen of the UMN Center for Spirituality and Healing and School Food Expert, Jean Ronnei

Local Foods Lunch and Wrap-Up
Emily Paul of The Good Acre


Please check back soon for additional speaker announcements.