Farmers: Minneapolis Public Schools Seeking Local Produce

Minneapolis Public Schools is excited to work with local farmers for the 2015-2016 school year! Find all the details about selling fresh produce to MPS through our Farm to School program in our Request for Information (RFI) available here: http://bit.ly/MPSf2sRFI.  Responses are due by noon on Thurs., Jan. 22, 2015.

There will be an optional RFI Q&A phone call at noon Jan. 14. Notes from the Q&A conference call will be posted on MPS’ Farm to School website. Conference Dial-in Number: (712) 775-7031 and Meeting ID: 545-938-784

Please spread the word to any farmers in the area you know who might be interested.

Please email Andrea Northup, MPS Farm to School Coordinator, with any questions. You can learn more about MPS’ Farm to School program at http://nutritionservices.mpls.k12.mn.us/f2s_program.

SFA Chooses Winter Sustainability Conference Interns

Katie Harris

Katie Harris

For the second consecutive year, SFA has tapped Sustainability Conference Interns to help plan our winter conferences and become a part of our farmer networking organization. This year, three interns were picked from a diverse, deep pool of applicants: Katie Harris, Helen Schnoes and Kelsey Wulf.

Harris (top right), who will work alongside Livestock & Grazing Specialist Kent Solberg, is a student at the University of Minnesota with a major in Food Systems – Organic and Local Food Production Emphasis. Harris, of Anoka, works at Grass Roots Cooperative in Anoka, has volunteered at Mill City Farmers Market and has studied sustainability in Ecuador.

Helen Schnoes

Helen Schnoes

Schnoes (middle right), who will work alongside Event Coordinator Jerry Ford, just received her Master of Regional Planning degree from Cornell University. A Minneapolis native, she has extensively studied food systems and co-funded Sitka Salmon Shares and has experience planning several local foods events.

Wulf, who will work alongside Communications Coordinator JasonWalker, is a familiar face at SFA events and graduate of the Sustainable Food Production program.

Kelsey Wulf

Kelsey Wulf

Wulf, who lives in Detroit Lakes, has worked on several farms, including Seven Pines Farm and Lida Farm. She has also been selected to help with SFA’s 25th anniversary celebration, and has written and compiled several submissions for the upcoming CornerPost and an online historical archive.

SFA thanks everyone who applied for our sustainability internships.

Support SFA on Give to the Max Day

Help advance farmer networking and education in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest – donate to SFA on Give to the Max Day on Nov. 13, 2014.

Click here to view SFA’s Give to the Max Day homepage.

SFA supports sustainable farmers with our networking opportunities, field days, Annual Conference, Midwest Soil Health Summit, and other educational events. SFA has built a crucial network where farmers can rely on support from like-minded individuals as well as tap the wisdom of our community.

We help farmers be more sustainable, productive and profitable, thereby helping build soil health and water quality while putting healthy, ethical food on the plates of people throughout Minnesota and beyond.

If you believe in the importance of family farms, clean water, healthy food and preserving natural splendor and wildlife habitat, then make a tax-deductible donation to SFA today. 

Remember SFA on Give to the Max Day Nov. 13

GTM Day 2014Once again, SFA is asking for your support on Give to the Max Day, which this year is Nov. 13.

Click here to visit SFA’s page.

Feel good about donating to SFA – we do not have costly overhead expenses, so your dollars go directly into helping us provide more farmer networking and educational events. Our programs are making a difference, and with your help we can make an even larger impact on agriculture in the Upper Midwest.

Give to the Max Day has moved to a new site after last year’s five-hour blackout, so hopefully those issues will not return. Some SFA folks were unable to donate because of the blackout, but remember that you can always donate 24/7/365 on our homepage.

All donations to SFA, whether on our homepage or the GiveMN Give to the Max Day site, are fully tax-deductible.

Cover Crop Field Day Near Fergus Falls on Oct. 6

West Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District is sponsoring a Cover Crop Field Day from 10 a.m. to noon Mon., Oct. 6, at John Walkup farm southwest of Fergus Falls.

The field day will include a review of cover crop seed mixes, plant identification, annual cover crop uses for cropland and livestock management, a soil pit to show cover crop benefits, seeding methods and more.

The event is free, lunch will be provided and will be held rain or shine. The Walkup farm is southwest of Fergus Falls on County Highway 15 – five miles south of Orwell Dam and 1.5 miles north of County Rd. 26.

For more information, call the WOT SWCD at 218.739.4694.