TEACHING CHILDREN TO EAT WELL

Midwest Food Connection (MFC) brings educational adventures in food, cooking, and gardening to children and their families.

 

  • 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 locally 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.

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Testimonial for Wild Rice

Last week, I found myself talking about my students to a judge. "My name is Molly Sowash. I teach elementary school students about local food and sustainable farming,” I told her, “Tomorrow I'm going into the second-grade classrooms at EXPO Elementary and teaching...

2016-17 School Year in Review

As we begin another school year, we like to pause to reflect on the school year that has just passed. Here are some notable numbers from 2016-17: Total lessons taught: 772 Lessons in the garden: 59 Middle school lessons: 27 Number of schools: 52 Number of districts: 8...

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...

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...

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...

BECOME A SUPPORTER

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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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 2016/7, we taught in 52 schools and taught over 750 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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Did you know? Midwest Food Connection is sponsored by five Twin Cities food co-ops, including Seward Community Co-op! We are grateful for their support!

If your child would like a taste of our programming (literally!), we're hosting a free kids' class at the Seward Community Co-op #FriendshipStore Saturday, October 14 at 11 am. RSVP here: seward.coop/cmsimage/1683/maximum
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Every year, #SewardCoop donates over $37,000 to Midwest Food Connection (MFC), one of our longtime partners! Learn more about MFC's work they do in area schools

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Coming this Saturday to the Seward Community Co-op #FriendshipStore:

Discover the variety of produce that comes from Minnesota’s farms. Students will experience their favorite fresh produce through taste, touch, smell, and sight and create a salad together. Ages 5-12. Parents are welcome to stay or shop while kids are in class!
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Co-op Kids: Make a Salad!

October 14, 2017, 11:00am - October 14, 2017, 12:00pm

Co-op Kids: Make a Salad! October 14, 11 am-12 pm Friendship store Discover the variety of produce that comes from Minnesota’s farms. Students will experience their favorite fresh produce through taste, touch, smell, and sight and create a salad together. Ages 5-12. Parents are welcome to stay or shop while kids are in class! Instructors from Midwest Food Connection FREE RSVP here: seward.coop/cmsimage/1683/maximum

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We are deeply saddened to hear news of Bruce Bacon's passing. Over the years, Bruce taught MFC staff and students about the complex life under our feet and the important work of land stewardship. Last spring, we brought students from Bright Water Montessori to Garden Farme to harvest rhubarb, take a tree walk with Bruce, and learn about everything growing on that beautiful land. We are grateful for his generosity, teachings, and advocacy for local, sustainable food. ... See MoreSee Less

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