Central Chapter

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– Become a member of SFA and choose “Central Chapter” as your chapter.
– Subscribe to the Central Chapter newsletter, emailed monthly to members and supporters.
– Like the Central Chapter page on Facebook.
– Contact the Central Chapter board of directors:

Jim Chamberlin (chair): (218) 831-0528, islandlakefarm@brainerd.net
Sister Ruth Lentner (vice-chair): (320) 630-1456, rlentner@fslf.org
Kathy Connell (secretary): redfern123@wcta.net
Vicki Kettlewell: vicki@sunupranch.com
Seth Connell: sethbertconnell@gmail.com
Bryan Simon (treasurer): bryandsimon@gmail.com
Mike Stine: (320) 594-0031; mike@stonebridgebeef.com
Elizabeth Makarewicz: (660) 619-1988; elizmaka@gmail.com


Chapter newsletter: February 2014January 2014December 2013, August 2013

2014 calendar

Festival of Farms, July 12, Avon and St. Joseph

Past events

Plant Swaps, May 16 – Pine River and May 31 – Wadena
Organic Workshop, Verndale/Staples, March 21
Reality Greenhouse Open House, Paradox Farm, Ashby, March 8
MDA Organic Conference, St. Cloud, Jan 10-11
Annual meeting of the SFA Central Chapter, Browerville Community Center, Browerville, MN, January 25, 2014.
Back-to-Basics, 8-4:30 p.m., Pine River, Feb 1
SFA Annual Conference, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Feb 8
Crow Wing River Basin Forage Council’s Winter Meeting, Central Lakes College, Staples, Feb 18
SFA Midwest Soil Health Summit, Arrowwood Resort, Alexandria, Feb 19-20

Festival of Farms: Farm Market Café, Dutch Fury Farm and Eller Family Farm in Onamia, July 2013
GrazeFest Pasture Walk: Wellspring Farms in Aitkin, August 2013
SFA New Crops Project & Orcharding in the North Field Day: Ag & Energy Center, Central Lakes College, Staples, August 2013
Let’s Talk Potatoes: Paradox Farm in Ashby, August 2013
GrazeFest Cover Crop Field Day Bus Tour: 4 farms in Wadena, September 2013

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Board meeting minutes

2014: FebruaryJanuary
2013: December, NovemberOctober, JulyJuneAprilMarchFebruaryJanuary
2012: DecemberNovemberOctober, September

Mission of the Central Chapter

To promote the use of environmentally and economically sound agricultural practices and to ensure a healthy future for family farms and all of the people of central Minnesota. The aims and purposes of this association are:

- To develop a support system for family farmers in acquiring knowledge and understanding of economical and environmentally sound practices of production farming
– To achieve this through a newsletter with the latest information on sustainable farming practices, as well as providing farm tours, seminars, and supervised test plots
– To develop policies which will influence legislation in areas pertaining to environmental problems, i.e. groundwater contamination
– To support farming methods without endorsing commercial products
– To support and encourage Extension and University research programs that promotes sustainable agriculture
– To promote farming as a positive way of life.