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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.
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.