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.


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...

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...


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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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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Our December food of the month is wasted food! Namely, how to cook with it instead of waste it. Here's a simple way to use your veggie scraps! Thanks Tasty for making these food-saving practices so accessible.

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Nice organic farm Nadia! Our students are learning about the creative ways in which organic farmers use nature to solve problems. Ladybugs and compost and manure, oh my! .
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Throwback to fall farm trips! In October, we brought four classes of third graders from Brimhall Elementary to two different farms: Common Harvest Farm, a family farm and CSA just east of the St. Croix River, and Big River Farm, a local food hub just west of the St. Croix River operated by the Minnesota Food Association.

Check out our blog post here: www.midwestfoodconnection.org/store-kids-farm/
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