Free Regional Plant Swaps in Pine River, Wadena

SFA_Central_RGBEarly notice of a unique horticulture event – free, regional plant swaps are planned May 16 in Pine River and May 31 in Wadena. A Plant Swap is just as it sounds: an opportunity to trade all kinds of plants, plant materials, and garden supplies. All are invited, and now is the time to get ready for your choice of 2-7 p.m. May 16 at the Hunt Utilities Group campus, 2331 Dancing Wind Rd SW, Pine River; or 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 31 at Green Island 850 Scheer Dr NE, Wadena (right north of town off Highway 71).

Take cuttings, prepare slips, and sort seeds of you favorite or unique plants in order to be prepared. If bringing items to swap, please label or create signs, as 10-foot spaces are provided. Bring pots or packaging, and instructions. Tables and chairs will be available in Pine River; in Wadena, you must bring your own tables and chairs.

Call or email ahead to hold a free space for yourself and your trades, or with questions. Pine River attendees should contact Jim Chamberlin at; Wadena attendees contact Kent Scheer at

This event is co-sponsored by SFA Central Chapter.

Market, Piloting New Chef-Driven Model, Seeks Vendors

LindenHillsFarmersMarketLogoThe Minneapolis’ Linden Hills Farmers Market (LHFM) season begins June 1 and continues every Sunday through October. The market is piloting a brand new chef-driven farmers’ market model, offering both wholesale and retail sales on the same day and in the same location. This is an innovative coming together and vendors are being sought for the 2014 season!

Local farmers growing unique varieties and local food entrepreneurs cooking up artisanal foods are encouraged to apply. LHFM is especially interested in those vendors able to price their products for both the wholesale and retail markets, and produce enough to sell to both types of buyers. There is flexibility built into this model. Vendors are able to rent a stall for a day or stay for the entire season. This is an excellent opportunity to meet new wholesale buyers and diversify customer bases.

Contact Libby Wyrum to learn more about this new type of market. She can be reached at 612 867 0854 or by emailing

GMO Label Day at the Capitol is March 13

Right to Know Minnesota is holding “GMO Label Day at the Capitol” from 1 to 5 p.m. March 13. Meet other labeling advocates and tell your legislator in person that you’d like to see GMOs labeled in Minnesota. Making direct contact with legislators has a powerful impact on how they will support a bill.

The event begins at Christ Lutheran Church (105 University Ave) across from the State Capitol in St. Paul. Enjoy GMO-free treats, meet other labeling advocates, and learn how to talk with your legislator about this issue. Then attendees will walk to the Capitol to meet with legislators. You’ll meet with your elected representative from both the Minnesota House and Senate.

RSVP by March 10 at or contact Jody at 651-434-4302 or

Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Annual Conference Set

The Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society Annual Conference is set for Jan. 23-25 at the Ramkota Hotel in Aberdeen, S.D. There is a slate of pre-conference workshops Jan. 23 and then the main conference schedule Jan. 24-25.

Speakers include SFA Executive Director John Mesko as well as keynotes Will Winter (“The Three Biggest Myths in Livestock Medicine”) and Melinda Hemmelgarn (“Thinking Beyond Our Plates: Critical Questions to Find Food Truth and Honor Our Roots”). The three days are filled with sustainable ag sessions on a variety of topics.

For more information and to register, visit