Minnesota seeks applicants for ‘Farm to School’ grants
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is seeking to bring more Minnesota-produced fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy into the state’s schools with the help of a grant program that helps schools outfit their kitchens.
Schools and educational organizations have until Nov. 7 to apply for the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Farm to School and Farm to Early Care and Education grants, which will provide a combined $374,000 for equipment or the development of new food programs for students. Individual schools and groups can win up to $50,000 for equipment and up to $30,000 for project planning.
Now in its eighth year, the grant program has helped schools around the state transform their kitchens, following a nationwide trend of schools moving away from serving packaged, processed food and bringing back homestyle cooking and local foods. Ashley Bress, grants supervisor for the Department of Agriculture, said the program has provided significant help to schools — but just as much of a benefit to farmers.