Information: email@example.com or 1.844.922.5573 Ext. 706.
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- Treasurer & Association Board Delegate: Tiffany Tripp
- Secretary: Cliff Martin
- Coordinator: Betsy Allister
The SFA Cannon River Chapter encompasses sustainable farmers and like-minded consumers in the general area of Dodge, Goodhue, Steele, Rice, LeSueur, Dakota, and Scott Counties.
Women in Agriculture – Resources to Fund Your Farm
Date/Time: Monday, Feb. 26, 1-4 p.m.
Location: Rice County 4-H Building, 1900 Fairgrounds Drive #17, Faribault, MN
Calling all women farmers & women farmer wannabees & women who own farm land!!
You are invited to this fun gathering where you will be treated with refreshments procured from local women farmers (local cheeses, veggies, fruits) and get to hear from the different government agencies that offer programs for your farms or soon-to-be farms.
You’ll hear about low interest microloans, crop insurance for produce farmers, grants, conservation, value-added grants, livestock grants, etc., and how to apply for them. So whether you are currently farming – or thinking about starting a farming operation – this is the perfect opportunity to learn about government support programs and network with other women farmers.
- FSA – Farm Service Agency
- NRCS – Natural Resources Conservation Service
- SWCD – Soil and Water Conservation District
- DNR – Department of Natural Resources
- RD – Rural Development
- UME – University of Minnesota Extension
All of this is brought to you by Renewing the Countryside with a grant from the Farm Service Agency to help connect women to the farm programs available to them.
The event is free-of-charge, but please register HERE
If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Zeman, firstname.lastname@example.org, (507) 664-9446.
Cannon River SFA Chapter Annual Meeting
Jan 28, 2018, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Seven Songs Organic Farm 46544 70th Ave. Kenyon MN 55946
Potluck from 1pm-2pm — please bring a delightful dish to share with everyone!
This is our annual meeting to review the last year of activity and plan action for the future of Cannon River SFA.
- Treasurer’s report
- State SFA Report
- Update from 2017 Working Groups: Marketing, Job Diversity, Infrastructure
- Chapter Leadership elections
- Use of SFA Cannon River google group and Wikipage
- Ideas for fundraising in 2018
- Group Discussion
- Working groups assemble
- Announcements – open to the group
Post-Dirt Rich Potluck – Cannon River Chapter hosted a potluck dinner and networking event Aug. 9 after the “Dirt Rich: Building Soil Health Experts” event at Keepsake Cidery in Faribault. SFA Executive Director Theresa Keaveny and Livestock & Grazing Specialist Kent Solberg attended and discussed their organizational roles. Thanks to Nate Watters and Keepsake Cidery for hosting.
2017 Annual Meeting – Cannon River Chapter hosted its annual meeting Feb. 4 at St. Olaf College Buntrock Commons, Valhalla Room, 1520 St. Olaf Ave, Northfield. Sustainable farmers, farm workers and aspiring farmers gathered to talk about building a resilient local food system that will benefit us all. By striving for resiliency and sustainability we will create more satisfying jobs, community wealth, and healthy land, food and citizens. Potluck meal, board elections and 2017 event planning ensued.
Cannon River Chapter again hosted its series of farmer-to-farmer exchange events in 2017. The schedule included:
Jan. 22 – Cooperatively Hiring Farm Workers: It’s difficult (for the farmer and the worker) to keep good farm workers when you only need help 1-2 times a week. But what if a few farmers could organize and provide workers with full time work – albeit at 2-4 different farms each week? This is a brainstorming session for both farmers and interested workers. Come chat & enjoy the company of neighboring farmers from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Simple Harvest Organics, 9800 155th St E, Nerstrand.
Feb. 16 – Share lessons learned and progress made at Open Hands Farm, including root cellaring and food safety practices. Bring a dessert to share. Meeting is 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the farm, 4151 320th St W, Northfield.
March 6 – Transplant Production for Vegetable Farms: Tips, tricks, and lessons on transplants and greenhouse production. Bring a potluck dish to share. Meeting is 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Sogn Valley Farm, 4830 360th St, Cannon Falls.