What We’re Bringing with Us

Molly and Emily have been Food Educators with Midwest Food Connection for three and four years, respectively. The end of this school year marks the end of Molly and Emily’s time as Midwest Food Connection educators. Before we move on to our next pursuits, we took a...

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Spring Salad

INGREDIENTS: Mixed salad greens Cucumber Radish Sprouts (sunflower, broccoli, alfalfa - you choose!)  Chives  Snow peas  Salad Girl dressing: Crisp Apple Maple Vinaigrette   

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Students Reflect on Six Years of Food Education with MFC

Midwest Food Connection teaches every grade level at Northrop Urban Environmental Center. This winter, we asked Northrop 5th graders to reflect on everything they’ve learned with Midwest Food Connection over the years! Many shared the joy of discovering new foods and...

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Why I Serve on the MFC Board

By Tom Vogel, Valley Natural Foods Marketing Manager I first became aware of Midwest Food Connection (MFC) when I began working at Seward Co-op, in Minneapolis, nearly 12 years ago. At the time, I was relatively new to cooperatives, but I was drawn to them because of...

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An impression from our January intern, Ora

Ora Hammel, 2019 This past January, I had the incredible opportunity to work with Midwest Food Connection (MFC). Part of my internship consisted of working alongside the MFC teachers who are visiting guest teachers at many different schools within the metro area. I...

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Developing a Community through Food

Long Tran, MFC Community and Family Engagement Intern Environmental Studies major at Macalester College These past few months, I have been working for Midwest Food Connection (MFC) as the Family and Community Engagement intern, which involved me in finding ways to...

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Program Evaluation Internship Summary

Taylor Hanson, MFC Fall Program Evaluation Intern Sociology Major at Hamline University At Midwest Food Connection the ultimate goal is for students to retain as much knowledge as possible from our lessons with the hopes that they can apply this knowledge to their...

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What we’re thankful for…

It’s that time of year! We at Midwest Food Connection incorporate thankfulness into our teaching whenever we can, asking students to think about the farmers who grew the food they’re about to taste and take a moment to silently give thanks. Today we’d like to take a...

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Growing Good Caretakers

At Midwest Food Connection we inspire kids to eat well. On the surface that looks like preparing spring salads and wild rice in the classroom. Tasting global fruits and discovering new flavors. Hearing a story about grains around the world and learning about their...

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2017-2018 by the Numbers and Photos

As we look forward to another year of teaching, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on our past year. During the 2017-2018 school year, we taught: 862 lessons in 54 schools in 7 school districts. We taught about 7,200 students in total, about half of whom we taught...

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Connecting To Our Roots: Farm Trips with MFC

In early May, 71 kindergarteners from Christina Huddleston Elementary visited My MN Farmer, a family run farm in Montgomery, MN. This farm grows produce for CSA members and the Minneapolis Public Schools, raises chickens and bunnies and cows and sheep, and always has...

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Our Top Five Tips for Gardening with Kids

As garden educators, we MFC staff have the opportunity to work with students in their school gardens every fall and spring. Here are some of our thoughts about getting kids involved in gardening! 1. Let them choose! Even as an adult, gardening is all about...

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Climate Conscious Cuisine: What Our Kids Know

What happens when you ask kids to think about climate change? They're instincts are always on. Show a classroom of 2nd graders a picture of pesticide run-off from farms, the resulting algae blooms in our great lakes, the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico -- and the room...

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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...

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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...

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