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Farm to School Community BBQ
Ear of corn with information about the farm to school community BBQ
 
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2017
 
 
Fun for all and all for fun!
Free BBQ, farm animals, desserts and more at the Sixth Annual 
Farm to School Community BBQ
 
MINNEAPOLIS – The sixth annual Farm to School Community BBQ on Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 4:30–7 p.m. promises family fun with good (FREE!) food from local farms. This annual community event  highlights Minneapolis Public Schools’s (MPS’s) commitment to supporting small-to-mid-size farmers, serving fresh and locally grown food in our schools and educating our students and families about the importance of sustainable food, agriculture and nutrition. Meet the farmers who grow our district’s food and the chefs who inspire our recipes. 
 
You will also enjoy family friendly activities such as veggie car racing, live honeybee hive observations, farm animals and a performance of Appetite for Change’s “Grow Food” song that received national attention earlier this year. The evening will heat up at 6 p.m. when special guests, including State Senator Bobby Joe Champion and former Olympic distance runner and Minnesota Department of Ag spokesperson Carrie Tollefson, team up with students for the high-stakes V.I.P. corn-shucking competition. 
 
What: Sixth annual Farm to School Community BBQ
When: Tuesday, Sept. 12
                 4:30–7 p.m. (Corn-shucking contest at 6 p.m.; Grow Food performance at 6:15 p.m.)
Where: 812 N. Plymouth Ave. (parking lot of MPS’s Culinary Center)
                 Minneapolis, MN 55411
 
Learn more about MPS’s Farm to School program at www.nutritionservices.mpls.k12.mn.us/f2s_program and the True Food Chef Council at www.nutritionservices.mpls.k12.mn.us/true_food_chef_council.
 
 
About the MPS Farm to School program
 
The farm to school program at MPS has grown into a national model for serving fresh, sustainably-grown, local food in school meals. The program is a win-win for local farmers who can count on a market for their products and kids who enjoy the fresh food. Through innovative, “forward contracts,” 15 Farm to School partner farmers are growing more than 25 different varieties of fruits and vegetables for MPS students this school year. After just two weeks of school being in session, MPS Culinary & Wellness Services has already purchased over 12,000 pounds of farm to school produce and that’s not even including local meats, baked goods or dairy! Our True Food Chef Council is a key partner in our efforts to engage students, develop new recipes, and spread the word about our programs.
 
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