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Minneapolis Schools Seek Farm Partners, Meeting Dec. 15
Minnesota Ag Connection - 11/24/2021

Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) is seeking Farm to School partner-farms for the 2022-23 school year. All interested farmers, farm cooperatives, food hubs, aggregators, and other parties are invited to attend a virtual Farm to School Information Meeting Dec. 15 from 10 to 11 a.m. to learn more about MPS' Farm to School Program, how the district works with local farms, and its annual Request for Proposal (RFP) bidding process.

Pleases email kate.seybold@mpls.k12.mn.us or call 612-517-5522 to RSVP by Dec. 13 and to receive a Zoom link for the meeting.

MPS has been purchasing local, sustainably grown food from small- and mid-sized farms in its region since 2013. This school year, the district has purchased over 100,000 pounds of local produce from 20 partner-farms. MPS selects Farm to School partner farms through a formal bidding process each winter for the next school year. MPS is committed to working with emerging farmers -- including women, people of color, immigrants, young and beginning farmers, Native Americans, and veterans. Farms and specific crops are selected based on several criteria -- including price, produce quality, environmental sustainability, and supplier diversity. Attending the virtual meeting on December 15th is not required, but strongly encouraged, for parties planning to submit a bid this winter for the 2022-23 school year.

For more information about MPS' Farm to School program, visit cws.mpls.k12.mn.us/farms.


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