Our Top Five Tips for Gardening with Kids

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...
What We’re Reading: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

What We’re Reading: Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

As you come out of hibernation this spring, Braiding Sweetgrass is the book to read to reawaken your relationship with the land. Through delicious sentences and a slow reverence for the natural world, Robin Wall Kimmerer shares indigenous wisdom about ecology in this...
Climate Conscious Cuisine: What Our Kids Know

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 —...
Haruko Ruggiero Leaves Midwest Food Connection

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

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...
Reflections from Ruthie, our Carleton College Winter Break Extern

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...