An Interview with Our Director!
Minnesota Food Charter recently interviewed our executive director, Uli Koester, about the importance of passing on food skills and introducing children to new cuisines.
Check out this article about how we keep our curriculum relevant in a changing world. And take a look at the good works that the MN Food Charter is doing to provide Minnesotans with equal access to affordable, safe, and healthy food.
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.
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.
WORKING WITH YOUR SCHOOL
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