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Participation rises from 10 to 123 districts in 4 years, new survey finds
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 by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP).
Foodservice leaders at 165 Minnesota school districts, representing 50 percent of the K-12 districts in the state, responded to the survey. 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.
Farm to School programs are designed to help educate children about how and where their food is grown, strengthen local economies and support healthy eating habits. The survey, conducted in partnership with the Minnesota School Nutrition Association (MSNA), also found that Minnesota schools are purchasing a growing variety of foods from local farmers. Apples, cucumbers, tomatoes, potatoes, winter squash, peppers, watermelon and carrots are among schools’ locally grown favorites. Read more »