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MPS Farm to School Meeting for Growers
December 15, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is seeking Farm to School partner farms to sell produce to our school district for the 2021-2022 school year. Are you a farmer who is interested in learning more about MPS’ Farm to School program and how we work with local farms? Curious if partnering with MPS may be a good fit for your farm?
MPS invites all farmers, farm cooperatives, food hubs, aggregators, and other parties who may be interested in working with our district to attend our VIRTUAL FARM TO SCHOOL INFORMATIONAL MEETING on December 15th from 10:00-11:00am to learn more about MPS’ Farm to School Program.
MPS FARM TO SCHOOL INFORMATIONAL MEETING
When: Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 10:00-11:00am
Where: ZOOM – please RSVP by December 11 to receive a meeting access link
- To RSVP: please email [email protected] or call/text 612-517-5522
Who: Farmers, farm cooperatives, food hubs, aggregators, etc. All are welcome!
Why: Learn more about MPS’ Farm to School Program, including:
- Farm to School Request for Proposal bidding process
- On-farm food safety requirements, education, and support
- Desired Farm to School items for 21-22 school year
BACKGROUND: Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) has been purchasing local, sustainably grown produce from small and mid-sized farms in our region since 2013. MPS is committed to working with emerging farmers – including women, people of color, immigrants, young and beginning farmers, Native Americans, and veterans. This school year, MPS has bought nearly 100,000 pounds of local produce from a dozen partner farms and farm cooperatives. MPS selects Farm to School partner farms through a formal bidding process (Farm to School Request for Proposal) each winter for the next school year. Farms and specific crops are selected based on price, produce quality, environmental sustainability, supplier diversity and farm values. For more information about MPS’ Farm to School program, please visit our website: cws.mpls.k12.mn.us/farms.
Please RSVP no later than Friday, December 11 to receive a virtual meeting access link. To RSVP and/or ask questions, please contact Kate Seybold at [email protected] or 612-517-5522.