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Sept. 19, 2019

October is National Farm to School Month

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Two statewide events are planned 

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food.

Encourage and support schools, early care sites and other partners to participate! To learn more about ways to participate, contact Stephanie Heim at

Two statewide events are planned:

October 3: Join schools across the state in kicking off the school year with Minnesota Thursdays. Celebrate the power of procurement as Minnesota kicks off National Farm to School Month with a locally sourced menu.

October 10: Get your crunch on! Participate in the 6th Annual Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch. This is a simple way to feature Farm to School in a loud way. Participants will crunch into a healthy, delicious local apple to show support for National Farm to School Month. Register for the Great Lakes Great Apple Crunch.

Learn more about Farm to School Month.

Farm to School grant opportunities

Grants for schools and early care are now available. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture released its AGRI Farm to School and Farm to Early Care Grants (deadline: Nov. 7).

2019 fall regional meetings update

Registration now available

This fall’s regional meeting series will focus on health care and healthy eating partnerships. Local SHIP staff have been instrumental in securing sites, planning the agenda and recommending presenters.

Registration is now available. Agendas can be viewed once locations are selected on the registration form. Note: An additional meeting site is being planned for the Southwest region.

Dates and locations are:


Thursday, Oct. 10
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Bunker Hills Activity Center
Maple Room
550 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW
Andover, MN 55304


Tuesday, Oct. 15
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Lakewood Health System Lower Level
Classrooms A&B
49725 County 83
Staples, MN 56479


Thursday, Oct. 24
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Blue Earth County Historic Courthouse
3rd Floor Conference Room
204 S 5th St.
Mankato, MN 56001


Tuesday, Oct. 29
9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Crookston Library 110 N Ash St.
Crookston, MN 56716


Monday, Nov. 4
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location to be announced

Food Justice Summit reminder

Food Justice

Early registration deadline is Sept. 20

The annual Food Justice Summit is set for Nov. 4-6 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth.

Local SHIP staff working on healthy eating strategies are encouraged to attend. OSHII will host a SHIP networking event the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 5 – details coming soon!

The early registration deadline is Sept. 20 (early registration cost is $185).

To learn more or to register, visit the Food Justice Summit page.

Helpful tips for completing forms

FAQ for local SHIP staff

Q: Can I group separate contract/mini-grants or separate expenses into one row on the invoice form?

A: No. Please list each expense on a separate row. If you need assistance adding rows, please contact your community specialist.