To help connect farmers with local buyers, a SE Minnesota Farm to Cafeteria Workshop will take place March 7, from 3:00 – 7:00 at Ramada Inn in Rochester.
A number of workshop scholarships are available to SE Minnesota residents from The Experiment in Rural Cooperation (U of M Extension SE Regional Partnership).
This workshop will provide practical information for navigating the ins and outs of Farm to Cafeteria, such as liability and food safety. Presenters include area farmers, food service directors and food safety specialists.
The workshop will also include a farmer-buyer “speed-dating” session where farmers and institutional buyers can find their next supplier/buyer. Buyers - Are you looking to increase local foods in your menus? Farmers – Are you interested in supplying schools, restaurants, hospitals, and grocers? This part of the workshop provides an easy way to make those connections.
The cost of the workshop is $20. (If registered by March 1, a meal is included). To apply for a scholarship, contact Lois Kennis at the Experiment in Rural Cooperation (U of M Extension SE Partnership), email@example.com or call Lois at 507-280-2863. Please provide your name, company name (if any), phone number, address, and email. Hurry! The event is next week!
View event agenda here: https://www.regonline.com/custImages/274617/Farm%20to%20Cafeteria/SEAgenda.pdf
More information and registration:
The workshop is part of a statewide effort to make locally produced fruits and vegetables available in schools, childcare centers, restaurants and hospitals.
The workshop is coordinated by University of Minnesota Extension in partnership with the Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Renewing the Countryside, and funded by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Statewide Health Improvement Program-Olmsted County.