Midwest Food Connection

“I didn’t know the inside of a beet was purple!”

Since 1996, Midwest Food Connection has brought culinary and gardening adventures about healthful food into school classrooms. As traveling food teachers, we have the privilege of hearing statements of discovery like this one. Through storytelling, hands-on activities, and sensory experiences, we teach about the life of an ear of corn, the flavor or a raw sweet potato, the tradition of harvesting wild rice, or the invention of pasta. Watch this video to learn more about our work!


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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Observations from our Carleton Extern

Hello readers of the Midwest Food Connection’s blog! I’m Jenni Rogan, a sophomore at Carleton College interested in food and environmental education. I’ve done a lot of environmental education in the past, from running an after-school gardening program to working as a...
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Ginger’s Gift: Ten Years Teaching for Midwest Food Connection

Ginger has been a remarkable teacher with our program and we are thankful so many kids got to have lessons with her! Here's why... Ginger has a warm smile and an easy laugh, which of course make her presence in any classroom welcoming and pleasant. She has an...
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Fall Farm Field Trips

Midwest Food Connection's work bringing educational adventures in food, cooking, and gardening to children and their families includes taking Twin Cities students on field trips to local farms to experience where their food comes from firsthand. I was lucky to be able...
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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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