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
Vickie Kettlewell: vickie@sunupranch.com
Bryan Simon (treasurer): bryandsimon@gmail.com
Mike Stine: (320) 594-0031; mike@stonebridgebeef.com
Elizabeth Makarewicz: (660) 619-1988; elizmaka@gmail.com

News

Chapter newsletters:
2014 – OctoberAugustJulyJuneMarchFebruaryJanuary
2013 – December, August

Board meeting minutes

2014: November, October, September, August, July, June, April, MarchFebruaryJanuary
2013: December, NovemberOctober, JulyJuneAprilMarchFebruaryJanuary
2012: DecemberNovemberOctober, September

2015 calendar

Annual all-member Central Chapter meeting, Jan 17, Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Little Falls – REGISTER HERE
Find us at the Back-to-Basics event at Happy Dancing Turtle, Feb 7, Pine River
SFA Social & Jam Session, Feb 13, Minnesota Street Market, St. Joseph
SFA Annual Conference, Feb 14, College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph
All-Member Central Chapter meeting, Mar 11
Organic High Tunnel Workshop, Mar 20, Verndale
Festival of Farms, July 11, Alexandria

Past events

2014
All-Member Central Chapter meeting, Nov 11, Stonebridge Beef, Long Prairie
All-Member Central Chapter meeting, Sep 10, Sunup Ranch, Brainerd
Festival of Farms, July 12, Bakers’ Acres, Emmerich’s Produce, Dancing Bears, Common Ground Garden and the Central Minnesota Sustainability Project, Avon and St. Joseph
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

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2013
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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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.