Birchwood Boost: July-September 2017

From July–September, Birchwood BOOST is partnering with Midwest Food Connection to empower children to make healthy decisions around food. Birchwood Boost supports local nonprofits whose work aligns with the Birchwood Café‘s “Good Real Food” values. Food connects us all (everyone eats!) and food systems are a critical point of action for addressing human and environmental health, climate change, and social justice issues.


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July 14, 15, 16, 22, 29 / 10am–1pm
August 5, 6, 12, 19, 26, 27 / 10am–1pm
September 2, 9, 10, 16, 22, 23, 24 / 10am–1pm

Stop by the Café for brunch to meet members of MFC’s board and learn how you can get involved!


Food + Farming Sing-Along

Thursday, September 14 // 7–9pm


Dine Out Night: Healthy Meals // Happy Kids

Thursday, September 28 / 5–9pm


The WHY of our Work

In the fall, we walk into the classroom with a tall cornstalk in tow. The next week we hide root vegetables around the room for students to discover in an imaginary root cellar. In the winter, we paste beans to a map of the world and look at potatoes full of eyes. As...
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Gifts from Many Cultures

“Raise your hand if your grandparents were born in a different country,” I ask a classroom of 4th graders at Bruce Vento Elementary. “Raise your hand if your parents were born in a different country,” I continue, encouraging students to look around the room at their...
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Witnessing the Power of Stories

“My favorite part was when you told the story about the seed of the sun and all those other stories in that day.”    – 3rd grader from Horace Mann Elementary As the newest and youngest member of our small staff, I have learned a lot over the past six months of...
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Midwest Food Connection 101

Here are some photos from my visit to Frost Lake Elementary this January, exploring and tasting some new fruit in our “Global Fruit Picking” lesson. Ever wondered just how Midwest Food Connection is able to reach students all over the Twin Cities with our culinary...
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Five MFC Projects to Watch For

Uli Koester In January, MFC wrapped up an exciting year of celebrations, special lessons, and speaker engagements. Twenty years of teaching children about great food! Emerging from this excitement, we find ourselves with a new mission statement and a strategic plan...
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Our Sponsors


Over the years major support from foundations, school PTA’s, and natural food cooperatives have provided a strong funding base for Midwest Food Connection. However, we need to grow our individual donor base in order to reach more schools. 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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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.


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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Midwest Food Connection's 2016-2017 school year in review: MFC by the Numbers

Total lessons taught: 772

Lessons in the garden: 59

Middle school lessons: 27

Number of schools: 52
Number of districts: 8

Schools receiving over 30 lessons: 7

Children taught in total: 7,118
Children taught 4-lesson unit: 2,849
Children taught for second consecutive year: 3,790

Student contact hours: 20,340

Farm trips: 5
Classrooms on farm trips: 13

Teachers on our contact list: 151
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