Changes to Our Programming
In response to the CDC’s recommendation for social distancing to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, and the closure of schools statewide in Minnesota, Midwest Food Connection has decided to suspend its normal programming. We will miss visiting students, teachers and education teams for farm trips, garden lessons, growing and cooking in the classroom, but we hope we’ll be able to again soon. In the meantime, we’ll be transitioning to online offerings to support young people, families and distance learning. Now, more than ever, it’s crucial to invest in food and environmental education.
Bringing healthy foods to your classroom
Imagine your students experiencing fresh local produce, tasty and healthy treats, and actual cooking right in their classroom! Midwest Food Connection’s teachers bring exciting, practical and interactive lessons about healthful eating to dozens of schools in the Twin Cities area – and, we can bring this energy and delight in natural foods to your classroom.
Storytelling, drama, song, and art accompany a bountiful selection of fresh food. Our educators create dishes right in front of students’ eyes, engaging children in the preparation and the processing of food, and astound them with wonderfully tasting food and snacks.
The Midwest Food Connection offers four seasonal sets of lessons about natural foods and sustainable agriculture. These natural foods lessons are available individually and as a set.
We teach in grades K-8 and tailor the material to the specific age of the students. Most lessons last 55 minutes and include a presentation, whole-class and individual activities, and a tasting component.
Our programs through the seasons
- Fall 1 – Locally Grown (September – November)
- Fall 2 – Climate Conscious Cuisine (November – January)
- Winter – Gifts from Many Cultures (January – March)
- Spring – Urban Farming (April – June)
- Middle School – Developing Habits for a Healthy Life (Year-round)
To learn more about each of our seasonal programs, visit the pages devoted to our programs: Fall 1, Fall 2, Winter, Spring, and Middle School. You can also contact us with any questions about scheduling lessons at your school.
Experience our curriculum
Here is a sample of our natural food curriculum: four lessons that work together to get students thinking about the source of their food and introduce them to the pleasures of eating locally grown food.
Locally Grown (September-November)
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 waste when we truck in our food, 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 through taste, touch and sight their favorite fresh produce, 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 in Wild Rice. 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 making an herbal pizza 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.
- 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 program
- $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.