F2S News: March 2011

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Minnesota schools embrace Farm to School

MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Participation in Farm to School is growing exponentially among Minnesota K-12 school districts, benefiting students and local farmers, according to the third annual Farm to School survey published recently by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) and the Minnesota School Nutrition Association.

The survey found that the number of Minnesota school districts engaged in Farm to School rose from only 10 districts in 2006 to 123 in 2010. Read More


Orono school food service staff work to broaden student food knowledge

ORONO, MN — From heirloom tomatoes to corn, cantaloupe and a kid-friendly “cow,” the Orono Public Schools are working with local farmers to help kids learn where and how their food is grown. Two Pony Gardens in Long Lake and nearby Baldwin Vegetable Gardens are among the farms partnering with Orono’s school food service staff to connect kids with new tastes and new experiences. Read More

Lunch program welcomes healthy changes

SARTELL, MN — Federal nutrition standards for school lunches will be raised shortly for the first time in 15 years. The Sartell-St. Stephens Public Schools are ahead of the curve, introducing a wide range of healthy entrees, whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Through creative menu choices, a chef-inspired recipe contest and nutrition education, students are being exposed to healthy choices. Read More



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