October is “Farm to School Month” and across Minnesota, the relationship between local growers and schools can mean different things.

“Some schools might be purchasing apples and dairy products from their area growers and farmers, while some in a different region of the state might by buying wild rice from their local tribal community.”

Assistant Education Commissioner Daron Korte says the important connection does not stop in the cafeteria.

“There are also classroom components where we’re encouraging schools to educate their students on where their food is coming from, to the extent to which it is coming from their communities.”

Korte says this month they are encouraging communities as a whole to recognize the link between their food and the local growers that provide it.