In 2014-15, SFA, along with Renewing the Countryside, collaborated on a project led by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, “Building Minnesota’s Farm-to-Institution Markets: A Producer Survey.” The goal of the survey was to determine the resources Minnesota growers — specifically specialty crop growers — need to engage with institutional markets in a consistent and economically viable manner. It also identifies some of the key “next steps” that farmers feel are needed to ensure the state’s emerging farm-to-institution markets work for them.
Project leader Pete Huff published a final comprehensive report from this project that includes a wealth of data and producer comments on this issue.
To learn more about the project and access the report, click here.
To simply download the report, click here.