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2013 Farm to Cafeteria workshops


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

A series of Regional Farm to Cafeteria workshops have been planned around the state to strengthen relationships between growers and institutional buyers. The Southeast Minnesota workshop will be held March 7, from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel, 1517 16th St. SW, Rochester, MN 55902. The registration deadline is March 1. The cost is $20, which includes a meal.

For more information on the regional workshops and to register go to http://www.extension.umn.edu/farm-to-school/farm-to-cafeteria-workshops/ or contact Jan Joannides, joann001@umn.edu.

Farm to Cafeteria builds strong communities, healthy people and resilient local farms, creating a “win-win” for all parties. The workshops are designed to meet the needs of the region and cultivate strong partnerships between growers and institutional buyers.

Farmers, growers, schools, and other institutional food service professionals; Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) coordinators; and community partners will want to attend. Continuing Education Units will be available for food service professionals.

Workshop highlights include: Purchasing local on a budget; Farmer/ Buyer Relationships: facilitated networking with Renewing the Countryside; On-farm food safety and marketing local food; and Nutrition education in the classroom and beyond with Extension’s Simply Good Eating program. Workshop content will vary on region. Contact your regional lead planner for additional details.

The 2013 workshops are coordinated by University of Minnesota Extension in partnership with the Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, Minnesota Institute for Agriculture, the Institute for a Sustainable Future, and Renewing the Countryside, and funded by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

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