Farm to School
St. Croix Prep is proud to partner with local farms to bring local, farm fresh products to the cafeteria. Thanks to the MN Department of Agriculture, there were two grant opportunities available for our school. SCPA received The First Bite Mini Grant in January 2022 and also The Farm to School Full Tray Grant and Second Helping Grant for 2023. These funds will build the connection with local farmers and bring additional food offerings to our cafeteria.
Why Farm to School?
Farm to school provides all kids access to nutritious, high quality, local food so they are ready to learn and grow. Farm to school activities enhance classroom education through hands-on learning related to food, health, agriculture and nutrition.
Farm to school can serve as a significant financial opportunity for farmers, fishers, ranchers, food processors and food manufacturers by opening the doors to an institutional market worth billions of dollars.
Farm to school benefits everyone from students, teachers and administrators to parents and farmers, providing opportunities to build family and community engagement. Buying from local producers and processors creates new jobs and strengthens the local economy.