Deb Dilley, SNAP-Ed

Garden-To-Plate: A Day of Food Workshops

Saturday, March 7, 2020 
8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Chaska, MN     

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

From schools and religious organizations to senior living centers and food shelves, many Minnesotans are growing food for their communities. While incredibly beneficial, these food gardens take significant work! 

With sparse staff time and limited resources, how do you ensure maximum production of safe food for your efforts? This day of workshops will bring together the latest research and best practices to ensure Minnesota community food growers bring a bounty of safe produce to their communities.

Workshop Links








Schoolyard Gardens Conference

Registration Options                             2020 Agenda  2020 Agenda

Register Garden-to-Plate: A Day of Food Workshops Only
Saturday, March 7
$70 member/$80 non-member
includes coffee, sessions, snack (Hot lunch buffet no longer available)

Register Bundle & Save! 2-Day Bundle
Friday, March 6 Schoolyard Gardens Conference + 
Saturday, March 7 Garden-to-Plate: A Day of Food Workshops
$90 member bundle/$100 non-member bundle (reg price $140/$160)
includes coffee, sessions, snack (Hot lunch buffet both days no longer available) 

What to Expect

  • Start your day off with coffee, tea, and Keynote Lachelle Cunningham who will get you excited about the power local food has to change our communities for the better

  • A track of case studies to provide practical advice and inspiration, including community food system changes in Rochester, success stories from the Good Acre, and a new market garden training program based at the Arboretum

  • A track of topical workshops to dig deeper, including tips and tricks for growing in a changing climate, production planning, and community engagement

  • A track of kitchen-based workshops to see demonstrations and taste results, including the Minneapolis schools kitchen team and Arboretum staff

Who should Attend:

-Teachers and educators -School food service professionals  -Dietitians  -Community farm participants
-Grocery and farm co-op members   -Agriculture based social enterprises  -Native and Tribal Gardens -Cottage food producers and processors 
-School administrators  -Students  -Master Gardeners 
-Non-profit organizations -State, regional and local agency staff -Concerned citizens

Keynote Speaker 

Lachelle Cunningham

Lachelle Cunningham
Culinary Education Coordinator, The Good Acre

Renowned local chef Lachelle Cunningham will share her story and work through Chelle's Kitchen and The Good Acre. She will inspire your work in food justice, health, food culture, and more as you work to connect your community with freshly grown food! 

More about Lachelle Cunningham

Featured Sessions & Topics

  • Plant a Seed for Food Security: Be a Catalyst for Food System Change 
  • Lessons from Little Falls Community Schools
  • The Good Acre and Family and Consumer Sciences
  • High Production Site Design and Production Planning
  • In the Kitchen with Minneapolis Public Schools
  • The Farm at the Arb Sustainable Horticulture Program
  • Growing Vegetables in a Changing Climate

Bundle & Save! 2-Day Bundle
Add this conference to your registration for a discounted fee!
Schoolyard Gardens Conference
Friday, March 6, 2020


Call 612-301-1210

Cancellation Policy: Registration cancellations must be made two weeks prior to class date in order to receive refund. A $5 processing fee will apply.


Holiday Inn Chanhassen  Holiday Inn & Suites,   Chanhassen-
  Schoolyard Gardens Conference rate:  $134.00 plus tax 

As a partner of the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the Holiday in Express & Suites offers Arboretum visitors hotel discounts. The hotel is just a few minutes east of the Arboretum in downtown Chanhassen. 

Certificates of attendance will be available