Midwest Food Connection

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS

Since 1996, Midwest Food Connection has brought culinary and gardening adventures about healthful food into school classrooms. This year, MFC marks its 20th anniversary, and we’re celebrating in many ways. Click here for a schedule of special 20th anniversary classes at our supporting co-ops.

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TEACHING CHILDREN TO EAT WELL

Midwest Food Connection (MFC) sends educators into elementary school classrooms to teach about healthy eating, local foods, as well as sustainable and organic agriculture.

  • We provide children with opportunities to study and taste natural and organic foods.
  • We create an understanding in children of the origins and traditions of regionally produced foods.
  • We teach children about the methods and benefits of organic and sustainable agriculture.
  • We organize and lead field trips to local diversified farms.

BECOME A SUPPORTER

Over the years major support from foundations, school PTA’s, and natural food cooperatives have provided a strong funding base. However, we need to grow our individual donor base in order to keep our current level of teaching. Please consider a donation to our work. If you would like to support us via in-kind donations or through volunteer work, please contact us. We welcome your assistance in reaching more children with our natural foods awareness programs.

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WORKING WITH YOUR SCHOOL

Please contact us to find out how Midwest Food Connection can partner with your school to bring our food and gardening curriculum to your classroom. Click the link to learn more about our programs.

Our extensive curriculum covers topics from whole grains to local produce to immigrant cuisines. We have created elementary school lessons specifically for kindergarten, primary, and intermediate grades, and offer a new middle school curriculum as well. Each lesson has been carefully polished through frequent use in a variety of classroom settings.

Midwest Food Connection has partnered with schools in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota area since 1994. During the school year of 2015/6, we taught in 60 schools and taught over 1,000 individual lessons.

Dear Uli, Thank you for bringing all that delicious food and I never knew so much about food. It was so fun. My favorite food was the kale. I didn’t want you to leave. You were one of the best teachers. I learned a lot about three new seeds.

Your friend, Christopher

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Samara gave me this portrait of me today. It seems that if you are a good food teacher, your stomach smiles! ... See MoreSee Less

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Kids from Brimhall Elementary got to help paint this mural today during their field trip to Minnesota Food Association! #educationoutside #farmfieldtrip ... See MoreSee Less

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#tbt to one of our first farm trips, in October of 1996! Each fall and spring, Midwest Food Connection has a tradition of taking groups of school children to local farms to experience how our food is grown firsthand. ... See MoreSee Less

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There are still spots available this Saturday for our class at the Wedge Table for kids in grades K-6! Come see what Midwest Food Connection lessons are all about, and make a pizza with fresh herbs and spices. ... See MoreSee Less

Make a Pizza with Midwest Food Connection!

September 24, 2016, 11:00am - September 24, 2016, 12:00pm

In honor of their 20th anniversary, Midwest Food Connection will be hosting a class for children in grades K-6. This lesson will present the uses of plants, herbs and spices common in Minnesota. Children will use both fresh and dried herbs to make pizzas, and explore how this popular food can be a healthy meal option. This class is free, but space is limited, please register your children online, at the Wedge Community Co-op customer service desk, or by calling 612-871-3993. Parents are welcome to stick around and watch - or grab a bite to eat and hang out in the Wedge Table's dining area.

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