5 Ways to Reduce Food Waste at Home

5 Ways to Reduce Food Waste at Home

Did you know: about one-third of food bought among households across the U.S. is wasted. The average American throws away over 200 pounds of food every year. While restaurants and other entities contribute to the food waste crisis, these food waste facts make it clear...

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It’s National Co-Op Month: What is a Food Co-Op?

It’s National Co-Op Month: What is a Food Co-Op?

October is National Co-Op Month, and what better time to celebrate the local community food co-ops here in Minnesota? A significant part of our work here at Midwest Food Connection is funded by food co-ops like Seward Co-Op, Eastside Co-Op, and Valley Natural Co-Op. ...

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Tips for Continuing Food and Nutrition Education at Home

Tips for Continuing Food and Nutrition Education at Home

Happy back-to-school season! It’s September, which means that students all across the country are heading back to school. With students going back into the classroom, it’s the perfect time to think about how to bring food education into your home. There are various...

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I Have Seeds! A Story About Food Education

I Have Seeds! A Story About Food Education

As I sat in the school hallway awaiting a first-grade class to return from lunch for their food education class, I heard the patter of small feet quicken near me and a booming, proud voice announce, “Ms. Missy, Ms. Missy, Ihave seeds!” Plant Food, Educate Kids: A...

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What is Composting? How to Start Composting at Home

What is Composting? How to Start Composting at Home

Have you heard of composting? If you haven’t, now is the time to learn about it! Recent data shows that more people are composting every year, which can make a big impact on environmental sustainability. As of 2021, 38% of food in the U.S. is wasted. That means over...

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Bountiful Bean Recipes

Bountiful Bean Recipes

Beans are truly a gift in the garden - one of the three sister plants traditionally grown along corn and squash in many native american tribes. Beans help build healthy soil helping other plants / animals thrive, and they bring great nourishment to our bodies as well....

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Reflecting on a year of virtual food lessons

Reflecting on a year of virtual food lessons

On a dreary winter morning, I log into my email to look for a Google Meets invitation that should be showing up at any minute. On this particular day, when I enter the virtual classroom, I am greeted by the smiling faces of first graders, many of them showing me the...

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MFC Reflects and Responds to the Murder of George Floyd

MFC Reflects and Responds to the Murder of George Floyd

The unjust and senseless death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police laid bare (once again) the pervasive systemic racism that is woven into our social fabric. Midwest Food Connection stands in solidarity with BIPOC (Black ● Indigenous ● People of Color)...

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Keeping Food Education Alive Through Online Learning

Keeping Food Education Alive Through Online Learning

It’s early May and Spring is in full swing here in Minnesota. The air is filled with birdsongs and the buzzing of pollinators, but things in the human world are undeniably quieter this year. We are now in month three of Governor Walz’s stay-at-home order with further...

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Climate Conscious Cuisine

Climate Conscious Cuisine

A recent Washington Post headline* shouted: “Kids are terrified, anxious and depressed about climate change.” The article goes on to discuss the deep concerns many youth have about the world’s future, and what they can do about it.  I imagine you have seen this...

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Welcome Bonnie to the Midwest Food Connection Team!

Welcome Bonnie to the Midwest Food Connection Team!

Hi! My name is Bonnie Lohman and I am delighted to be at Midwest Food Connection as a Program Educator. Since 2012, I have dedicated my professional life to garden-based learning, nutrition education, and using the power of food to connect young people to their...

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Autumn Days the School Garden Way!

Autumn Days the School Garden Way!

 Fall 2019 in Seward, Barton and Northrop Gardens  In mid-September, I walked out to the garden at Seward Montessori School with about 30 first, second, and third graders following me. We stopped before entering and remembered our job that day: to observe and draw...

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Reflections from a Volunteer, Sarah Lemmage

Reflections from a Volunteer, Sarah Lemmage

For the past nine months I have had the opportunity to volunteer with Midwest Food Connect (MFC) as part of my Master’s in Public Health curriculum through the University of Minnesota. Through my MPH degree students take part in an Applied Practice Experience (APEx)...

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