Farm-to-Institution Producer Report Published

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.

Further, a recent webinar that discussed the project findings can be viewed in SFA’s webinar archive.

New Deep Roots Class, ‘Introduction to Homestead Dairy’

Wika with goatsSFA’s Deep Roots Farmer Development program is offering a new class, “Introduction to Homestead Dairy,” from 6 to 9 p.m. Fri., July 24, at Paradox Farm in Ashby, Minn. If you’re wondering about adding a dairy component to your enterprise or would like more information to guide your current dairy practices, this course might be for you.

This course introduces students to the topic of homestead dairy farming. Topics of discussion will include:

  • Holistic management: How dairy can fit with a homestead life
  • Animal selection
  • Managing the dairy animal (nutrition, breeding)
  • Basic equipment
  • Buildings/Structures and logistics
  • Milk handling and processing

Deep RootsThe lecture and discussion course is 6-9 p.m. Class limited to 8 people. Fee: $60 (Farm Skills 101 graduates $30).

For those who would like hands-on experience with milking and animal handling, two milking labs will be offered: 7-10 a.m., Saturday, 25 July, and 7-10 a.m., Sunday, 26 July. Each lab is limited to 2 people. Milking lab fee: $60 (Farm Skills 101 graduates $30)

In case of a sellout more classes may be added. Visit www.sfa-mn.org/deeproots or watch SFA Connect for additional class announcements.

Click here to register.

New Webinar Planned on “Building Minnesota’s Farm to Institution Markets”

Set for 3-4 p.m. June 25, this webinar will review the findings of a recently completed survey of Minnesota producers on current and potential farm to institution markets (e.g. K-12 schools, hospitals, etc.) in Minnesota and the surrounding region.

The findings of the survey identify key challenges and opportunities for producers to expand engagement in such markets, including an understanding of the types of practices and resources needed for economically sustainable participation.

Presenters from the collaborating organizations – the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), the Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) and Renewing the Countryside (RTC) – will review highlights of the survey results and discuss recommendations for “next steps” in farm to institution efforts that benefit producers in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest.

Presenters:

  • Pete Huff, Director of Food Systems (IATP)
  • Jason Walker, Communications Coordinator (SFA)
  • Grace Brogan, Program & Communications Manager (RTC)

RSVP now here.

Farm-to-Institution Producer Report Published

Survey Report IMAGEIn 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.

Forage Council Summer Tour is June 23 in Fort Ripley

The Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council, a SFA networking group, is hosting its 2015 Summer Tour, “Managed Grazing & Timber Production: Getting the Most Out of Your Woodlands,” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23 at St. Mathias Community Park in Fort Ripley.

Planned are presentations from University of Missouri research station superintendent Dusty Walter and Early Boots Farm owner Tyler Carlson, a tour of the Rosanne and Bruce Caught dairy/beef farm and the Steve Moe silvopasture sites, and plenty of discussion and networking.

Cost is $20 and includes refreshments, lunch, and the program. To register and learn more, visit www.sfa-mn.org/forage-council.