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 libertywyrum@gmail.com.

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 www.RightToKnowMN.org or contact Jody at 651-434-4302 or jodyhencier@yahoo.com.

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 npsas.org.

Lakewinds Announces 2014 Lakewinds Organic Field Fund

Lakewinds Natural Foods is now accepting applications for the 2014 Organic Field Fund. Launched in 2012, the Organic Field Fund is a grant program that provides funding for farmers who are working in organic agriculture, whether through research and development, organic certification, transitioning farms from conventional to organic production, or creating new farms.

Lakewinds Organic Field Fund is open to new and established farmers working in our region, but preference will be given for farmers and farming organizations located in Minnesota, northern Iowa, and western Wisconsin. Applications are available now through Feb. 7, 2014. All applications are reviewed by a committee, and final grant recipients will be awarded funds in mid-March.

Application is available at www.lakewinds.coop/community/loff.