Funk Family Farm

Minnesota Trees and Timber

I have lived my entire life in north central Minnesota and have been surrounded by trees. Having our summer teacher tours affected by COVID-19 made us a little unsure of what route to take for the summer of 2020 and we decided to take a leap and try virtual tours hosted over five weeks.

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Let’s Visit a Pig Farm and Make a Pig Barn!

Did you know that Minnesota raises a lot of pigs? It is the second largest state in pigs marketed. That’s right. Can you guess which state is number one? (Hint: the state directly south of Minnesota.)

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Oregon Trail game

Farm to Fork

This story highlights the unique partnership between a Minnesota bison farm and coffee shop.

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School Gardens

Author: Toni Dauwalter SO much learning can happen in the school garden!  I love helping teachers connect standards to learning […]

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Celebrate Dairy

Celebrate Dairy

Think of dairy products that you or people you know like to eat and drink: milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream…YUM!

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Tonis Bee's


I LOVE learning! And I LOVE nature, so becoming a ‘hobby’ beekeeper was a super fun learning experience I started a few years ago. In that time I have learned SO much about the amazing BEE and I know that I still have LOTS more to learn. Teachers have the power to influence their students to be curious and learn something new. I hope as my own kids grow up, their curiosity continues to encourage them to ‘learn or do something new’ their whole life.

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Let’s Build a Calf – a Look at Genetics

Have you ever wondered why you have black hair but your sibling has blond hair? My eyes are blue but my mom’s are brown – why is that? These same things happen with livestock. It is national beef month, so now is a perfect time to take a look at genetic traits in beef cattle with our Build-a-calf Workshop.

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Journey 2050

Journey 2050 takes middle and high school students on a virtual simulation that explores world food sustainability and answers the question above. The online program guides students through necessary instruction and allows students to make decisions on a virtual farm to witness their impact on society, the environment and the economy at a local and global scale.

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Greenhouse Challenge Update

Hi everyone! Can you believe it is already May? I can’t believe it’s been almost 2 months since I made our first blogpost! Since that time, I hope everyone took my advice and made some great memories that they can look back at and smile. I also hope you planted something, but if not – do it now!

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