Community Food Systems

IATP's Community Food Systems program is helping revitalize local economies, give farmers stable and predictable income through the buying power of institutions, like school districts and hospitals, and get fresh and healthy local food to students and communities. We are currently developing a model project for Farm to Head Start purchasing to put good food into the hands of underserved young children, because lifelong learning requires lifelong healthy eating. 

Connecting Sustainable Farmers to Emerging Health Care Markets -- A Farmer-Focused Presentation

Presentation slides: http://www.iatp.org/files/Webiner_farmers_FINAL_combined.pdf IATP invites you to attend a webinar discussing the key findings and lessons learned from IATP's Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) project Connecting Sustainable Farmers to Emerging Health Care Markets.

Minnesota's Ag Commissioner: "It doesn’t get much better" than Farm to School

In his December Commissioner's Column, Minnesota's Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson touts the benefits the state sees from the strong and expanding Farm-to-School movement taking place thanks to organizations like IATP, the Minnesota School Nutrition Association, and of course state agencies like

Governor Dayton: September is Farm to School Month in Minnesota

Farm to School in Minnesota has been continually growing, and now it's been recognized by the state for its importance to students and local farmers. Last Thursday, Governor Dayton declared September Farm to School Month in Minnesota. The proclamation request was initiated by IATP as part of its ongoing Farm to School efforts.