Farm to School
Farm to School enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and food education practices at schools.
At Brooklyn Center Community schools, our Farm to School program focuses on three areas:
- Cafeteria: We purchase seasonal, Minnesota grown foods to serve in our school meals
- Classroom: We partner with Gale Woods Farm to provide food and nutrition education in classrooms and in our school gardens
- Community: We help strengthen the local economy by purchasing locally and supporting Minnesota farmers. Students learn about food and agriculture in our community by taking field trips to local farms.
Brooklyn Center Community Schools is a recipient of the 2018 USDA Farm to School Implementation grant!
We will use the grant to expand our school gardens, including the indoor hydroponics garden at the Early College Academy; increase the amount of local and fresh foods served at breakfast, lunch and dinner; provide extra culinary training to our food service staff; and promote farm to school in our greater community.
USDA’s Farm to School Grants fund school districts and other organizations to increase local foods served through child nutrition programs, education about food and agriculture through garden and classroom activities, and develop schools’ and farmers’ capacities to participate in farm to school. Click here to learn more about the USDA’s Farm to School Grants.
Farm to School partners
The Good Acre: The Good Acre is a food hub in St. Paul, MN that connects local, small-scale farmers to wholesale markets. We purchase a variety of fruits and vegetables from them each month to serve to students in the cafeterias. Click here to learn more about The Good Acre.
Gale Woods Farm: Gale Woods Farm, part of the Three Rivers Park District, is an educational working farm. Farm educators teach nutrition and food education in classrooms throughout our district, help maintain our school gardens, and provide us with farm-fresh produce. Click here to learn more about Gale Woods Farm. (link to Gale Woods: https://www.threeriversparks.org/location/gale-woods-farm)
Pine Tree Apple Orchard: Pine Tree is located in White Bear Lake, MN and supplies us with fresh apples from September-January. Click here to learn more about Pine Tree Apple Orchard. (link to Pine Tree: http://www.pinetreeappleorchard.com/)
Ferndale Market: Ferndale Market raises free-range turkeys in Cannon Falls, MN and supplies our kitchens with farm fresh turkey for our turkey burgers. Click here to learn more about Ferndale Market. (Link to Ferndale: https://ferndalemarketonline.com/home/)
Hastings Co-op Creamery: All of the milk served in our cafeterias comes from the Hastings Co-op Creamery, a 100-year old farmer-owned milk bottling facility in Hastings, MN. Click here to learn more about the Hastings Co-op Creamery. (link to HCC: https://www.hastingscreamery.com/)
Bix Produce Co.: Bix Produce Co. is a wholesale produce distributor in St. Paul, MN that partners with over 30 local food producers. We purchase a variety of fruits, vegetables and specialty items from them. Click here to learn more about Bix Produce Co. (Link to Bix: https://www.bixproduce.com/)