By investing in our students, you support the next generation of conscientious eaters, farmers, chefs, and food lovers.


Each year, we receive many thoughtful and caring letters from our students. Through drawings of fruits and veggies, colorful hearts, and earnest writing, they show us their appreciation for the food that we shared together and their newfound interest in cooking and gardening. Help us show our students the love in return! Midwest Food Connection is raising the funds to bring food education to schools that cannot afford our programming. The money you give directly enables us to bring food education to these underserved schools. 



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.


Haruko Ruggiero leaves Midwest Food Connection

Uli Koester, Executive Director                     I was teaching an MFC class at Barton Open School in 2002 or so when the student teacher in the class approached me with great intent. She loved the lessons I was teaching and would I tell her some more. A year or...

An Intern’s Take on MFC

By Carter D'Angelo, fall semester intern from Macalester College I have spent the past few months talking to teachers and administrators about Midwest Food Connection. I am from a small town in Massachusetts and grew up surrounded by small family farms. I have always...

Reflections from Ruthie, our Carleton College Winter Break Extern

Kindergarteners at Lake Harriet showing connections during Emily’s Organic Farming lesson “If you have a connection, you can make two connected circles with your fingers,” said Midwest Food Connection Educator, Emily Houser, to a group of kindergarteners at Thomas...

Beyond the Store: Bringing Kids to the Farm

We had the privilege of bringing four classes of third graders from Brimhall Elementary to two different farms this fall: Common Harvest, a family farm and CSA just east of the St. Croix River, and Big River Farms, a local food hub just west of the St. Croix River...

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...


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.


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