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, with a special look at cultures from Mexico, Southeast Asia, East Africa, and Europe.

Gifts of Grain

Around the world our ancestors came to use different grains. Children will explore four key grains and learn to associate them with their climatic surroundings. We will try some fresh corn tacos, for which intermediate grades will make their own flavor pack.

Bountiful Beans

An excellent staple food filled with flavor and nutrition, beans are brought into the spotlight as students investigate their consumption and cultural influences around the globe. Students will handle several varieties and will taste a popular bean dish from India.

Potatoes, More than Fries

Students will follow the amazing journey of the potato from South America over Europe and back again to our continent. We will explore the colorful variety of potatoes grown around us for healthy winter meals. Activities will include acting out a potato plant, creating tasty recipes and making potato art.

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.