Offered February – March

Gifts from Many Cultures

This series gives children a taste of the diverse food traditions that new immigrants have brought to Minnesota. We study the healthy food choices that come to us from around the world and the fascinating stories of how they got here.

Winter Vegetables

Discover how some of our most healthful vegetables survive outside in the winter, and how root cellars once kept many others fresh in the coldest months. Children will learn through stories and taste a selection of cabbages, roots, and hardy greens.

Pasta: Noodles of Fun

By watching the creation of dough and making their own noodles, students will learn about the ingredients and processes that go into this grain-based food eaten worldwide.  Whether it’s made from corn or wheat or rice, students discover the delicious ways people use grains to make their pasta and just how easy it is!

Corn through the Centuries

This lesson tells the fascinating story of corn, from its Native American origins to its abundant present-day uses. Presentations may include storytelling, games, cooking, and diverse examples of its products.

Global Fruits

Explore how new fruits from different climates are constantly being introduced to our country! Even the apple was once new. Through careful taste-testing, children learn to appreciate the flavors of tropical and less familiar fruits.

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.