School to Farm

Prairie Horizon Farm

Are you interested in sustainable food systems? Do you want to complete internship rotations on a farm?  The Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (HEN) Dietetic Practice Group’s School to Farm Program has just the rotation for you!  As a dietetic intern or student, you can partake in experiential on-farm learning while completing competencies or earning credit hours.  The School to Farm Program provides opportunities for nutrition and dietetic students and interns to immerse themselves within a farming operation that is focused on using sustainable agriculture practices.

HEN School to Farm at Prairie Horizons Farm LLC

Interns will live, learn and work in residence at Prairie Horizons Farm near Starbuck, MN. Prairie Horizons Farm sits in the rolling hills and prairie grasslands of the glacial moraine near Glacial Lakes State Park. Interns work and learn in diverse certified organic vegetable and herb gardens, an organic orchard and interact with the herd of cattle that graze restored and native prairie. During the three-week rotation, interns will cultivate a connection to the land, develop farm-to-table cooking skills, participate in the local and regional food systems, enjoy fireside chats and eat from the seasonal abundance with preceptors Mary Jo Forbord, farmer, RDN & host and Lindsay Ganong, RDN and sustainable food systems dietitian.

RDNs have a responsibility to support a more sustainable, resilient and healthy food system. At Prairie Horizons Farm, interns will see, feel, hear, touch and taste the food system to explore and discern:

  • How agricultural practices affect biodiversity
  • How food and farming systems can adapt to climate change
  • What constitutes a sustainable and resilient food system
  • Potential roles for RDNs in achieving more sustainable, resilient and healthy food and water systems
  • Tools and resources to support RDNs working in food systems

RDNs-to-be will have the opportunity to experience, discuss, and reflect on:

  • Personal connections to food and water systems
  • The history and relationships between the food and watershed, land and people
  • Approaches for equitable and just food systems
  • Principles of agroecology, permaculture, regenerative agriculture and Indigenous foodways
  • Food and farm policy
  • Local, regional and global distribution systems

Internship Credit ACEND competencies fit with place-based food and farming experiences. At the beginning of the rotation, preceptors and interns decide together which competencies will be met during the rotation. For more information about HEN School to Farm experiences, contact

Source:  Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Standards of Professional Performance for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (Competent, Proficient, and Expert) in Sustainable, Resilient, and Healthy Food and Water Systems. Tagtow, Angie et al. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics , Volume 114 , Issue 3 , 475 - 488.e24


 *NOTE: 2019 application process is closed. Prairie Horizons and other farms will be accepting applications for School to Farm in 2020. 

Scholarship Opportunities

HEN DPG provides an opportunity for students/interns to apply for a scholarship to defray the travel costs and other expenses for participating in the School to Farm Program. More information about the Joraan Forbord Memorial Scholarship is available HERE.

We are Seeking Farmers for 2020!

The Program is seeking Farmers who would be willing to host dietetic students/interns. Several participating farms are owned/managed by a Registered Dietitian (RD), but the program is also open to farms with owners/managers who are able to facilitate meaningful learning experiences for nutrition and dietetic students and interns. Please contact to learn more.

Other Documents

School to Farm Competencies

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