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Announcing: Farm to Cafeteria Workshops – April 27, 28 & 29

April 12, 2010

Are you a food service director interested in bringing local food into your kitchen? If you work with cafeterias in schools, universities, hospitals, nursing homes, or elsewhere, please join the University of Minnesota and multiple non-profit partners for a series of Farm to Cafeteria Networking and Planning Workshops April 27, 28 or 29. These workshops aim to inspire, inform, build support and increase collaborative work for farm to cafeteria across the state of Minnesota.

Who’s attending? Farmers, food service directors, schools, institutions, distributors, parents, school board members, administrators, teachers, wellness committees, rural and economic development specialists, extension educators, Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) coordinators, non-governmental organizations, and other community experts.

These workshops will start at 2:00 pm with an afternoon session covering the basics of farm to cafeteria and will include a panel of individuals with hands on experience with local food. Afterward, there will be a networking local dinner, where attendees can make connect with others while eating a meal made from local foods. The workshops will continue with two evening sessions, from 5:30-7:00 pm, one for farmers and another for schools.

More information can be found in the event brochures, available at the Regional Partnerships website. Space is limited. Pre-registration is required by April 26. 

Southwest Minnesota Farm to Cafeteria Workshop

Tuesday, April 27th

Shalom Hill Farm, Windom, MN

Register online

Southeast Minnesota Farm to Cafeteria Workshop

Wednesday, April 28

Ironwood Springs, Stewartville, MN

Register online

Northeast Minnesota Farm to Cafeteria Workshop

Thursday, April 29th

Cloquet Forestry Center, Cloquet, MN

Register online

These workshops are a collaborative effort among the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Instititute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Statewide Health Improvement Program, Renewing the Countryside, Minnesota Grown, The Minnesota Project, Land Stewardship Project, Rural Advantage and the University of Minnesota Extension.

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