Sustainable Agriculture as we know it defined has been the work of the Sustainable Farming Association for 25 years. SFA and other organizations have been working diligently to advance this brand of agriculture. We’ve succeeded in many ways, but there’s more to be done. In this report, I review the past, assess the present, and lay out a few objectives for the future. Funding for this report was supplied by the Otto Bremer Foundation.
Every year, Lakewinds Food Co-op awards grant funding to local farmers as part of its Lakewinds Organic Field Fund program. The grant recipients include several SFA members, and the video below also features Lakewinds General Manager and SFA Board of Directors member Dale Woodbeck.
SFA is proud to have Lakewinds as such a staunch supporter, both of our organization and the local farm and food community. Watch this gorgeous video to learn about this year’s funded farms and see how many SFA members you can spot! To see all the grant recipients, click here.
By Alethea Kenney • SFA Sustainable Sheep
Sheep have been an integral part of Minnesota’s heritage and continue to be a growing part of diverse farms across Minnesota, and SFA’s Sustainable Sheep networking group focuses on connecting sheep farmers, youth, fiber artists and consumers that want to promote, use and sell sustainably raised sheep, meat and fiber products locally.
This group also has a unique opportunity to promote sustainable ways to raise sheep and to educate the public in the importance of choosing local, sustainable fiber for their garments, projects and art.
Seeing northern Minnesota sheep producers moving toward grass-based sustainable sheep production and more sheep products available and being purchased locally is the ultimate goal of the SFA Sustainable Sheep networking group. Please join us in seeing these goals become reality.
For more information, visit our Sustainable Sheep homepage or email gro.n1449019737m-afs1449019737@peeh1449019737selba1449019737niats1449019737us1449019737.
Are you interested in growing healthy, tasty produce in the depths of winter in Minnesota? Come to a gathering of the newly formed SFA Deep Winter Producers Networking Group and find out what’s going on in our state, from winter greenhouse design to production and all points in between.
The free meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Sat., Nov. 7, at St. Benedict’s Monastery, 104 Chapel Lane, St. Joseph, Minn., in the Rosamond Building, Room A (just north of the College of St. Benedict Campus). All experience levels welcome, and no registration is required.
We’ll hear about the latest research in these innovative winter greenhouses, as well as exciting opportunities this winter to find out even more! Come join in the discussion with growers ranging from experienced greenhouse producers to beginners still pondering how to make it happen on their own farms.
Afterward, join us for dinner at the nearby Gorecki Dining Center on campus. Great food, all you can eat for $12.
Membership in this networking group is free. Information: Carol Ford at 320.226.9435 or gro.n1449019737m-afs1449019737@retn1449019737iwpee1449019737d1449019737.
Our Nov. 7 Deep Roots short course, “Deep Winter Production of Greens and Livestock Fodder Utilizing Passive Solar Energy,” is sold out, but we just added a new Deep Winter short course for Feb. 21! If you were hoping to register and missed the November class, click here to sign up for Feb. 21.
At our Deep Winter short course, Paradox Farm owners Sue Wika and Tom Prieve provide detailed overview of the construction and operation of their deep-winter greenhouse, which utilizes passive solar energy with underground heat storage. The greenhouse provides greens for local consumers. In addition, the structure is utilized to produce fodder for the farm livestock.
To learn more about this short course, click here.