Fall 1

Offered September – November

Locally Grown

Four lessons teach about the importance and delights of eating local foods. Children taste fruits, herbs, and vegetables from nearby farms while learning to care for our soil and open space.

Eat Local

What food grows in your neighborhood? Can you find local produce in your grocery store? Learn about the farmers that supply us fresh food, the gas we can save by eating local, and decide where to get local food grown nearby.

Make a Salad

Discover the variety of produce that comes from Minnesota’s farms. Students will experience their favorite fresh produce through taste, touch, and sight and create a salad with their friends. Selection and topics will vary with the season.

Wild Rice

Students will learn how Minnesota’s native grain has been a source of sustenance and pride for generations of Native Americans and settlers. Through story and drawing, students will explore the plant’s characteristics and traditions and will learn how it is harvested. Its flavor will be enjoyed as well!

Herbs & Spices

Expand and train your taste buds! This lesson will present the plants, flavors, and uses of herbs and spices common to agriculture and cuisine in Minnesota.  Activities include taste-testing various herbs and sketching actual plants.

Invite us to your school

How can you invite Midwest Food Connection’s natural foods programs into your classroom? Simply contact us via e-mail! Or, you may call and our staff will help you tailor a lesson plan to your students’ needs.

Tell us

  • What lesson (or group of lessons) you need.
  • When you would like us to come to your classroom.
  • How many classrooms are involved.

We schedule four to six weeks out and will take advance reservations as well.


  • $135 for first lesson
  • $95 for each additional program taught on the same day

*Maximum booking: 35 students per program, 6 programs per day

*Additional mileage charges may apply to schools more than 25 miles from Minneapolis’ city center

Please contact us if you have any questions regarding Midwest Food Connection’s programs, curriculum, or fees. Our educators would be happy to assist you in planning your school’s natural foods program.