By Clare Hintz • SFA Lake Superior Chapter Coordinator
According to a U.M.D. report, we could keep millions of dollars – and hundreds of jobs – circulating in our region if we ate and sold more local food. Plus, more localized food systems have greater potential to address issues of food justice and access. And just imagine if we also produced more of our own energy!
The SFA Lake Superior Chapter’s Harvest Festival is the premier venue for learning about and boosting sustainable agriculture and food systems. LSSFA is hosting the Festival for its 22nd year.
Harvest Fest will take place at Bayfront Festival Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 12. Held rain or shine, it is a free, family oriented event that brings thousands of producers and consumers together to celebrate healthy communities through sustainably produced delicious food. Parking and the festival are free.
Harvest Festival features local farmers, artisans, live music, active organizations and businesses devoted to sustainability, and demonstrations. This year, the festival has revived games and displays dedicated to renewable energy, energy conservation, and climate change action. Festival-goers can compete in an energy obstacle course and win points for conserving energy.
This year also features a greater recognition of our shared Western Lake Superior foodshed and includes more farmers from the Chequamegon Bay area of Wisconsin.