Offered April – June

Urban Farming

No matter where we live in the city we can find a place to grow our own food. Children learn how community spaces, patio gardening, even composting and honey bees play an important role in a city garden.

Spring Lessons

All lessons available as a set or individually.   50-60 minutes in duration.

Ins-and-Outs of Seedlings

A seed is a miracle waiting to happen!  But here in the Northland our growing season is short, so let’s not wait.  Children get busy planting seeds indoors to discover the advantages of extending our growing season as they care for and prepare the seedlings for transplant outside in the garden.

Planning your Garden

Every child can have a garden, be it in a window box, in a side yard, or at a nearby community garden.   Our lesson teaches about creating good soil, finding the sun, and laying it all out.  Food tasting included!

Buzz on Bugs

Children learn the important work many insects do and why good gardeners are careful not to harm them.  Learn to do the bee waggle dance, sing about ladybugs, and have a treat.  Think like an organic farmer and outsmart the pests without using pesticides.

Spring Harvest

This lesson explores the first tidbits of taste from Minnesota gardens.  Early herbs, baby greens, and daring sprouts make for fun salads and other treats.  Once again, we inspire kids to grow their own!

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.