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Minnesota Garlic Festival

Aug. 9, 2014 • Hutchinson, MN

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Crow River Annual MeetingThe Crow River Sustainable Farming Association’s annual meeting tackled the topic of: “Local foods – the next step: Expanding the breadth and depth of eating local.”  The event, held January 4 at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista, brought together area farmers, food advocates, chefs, and others to discuss the potential for moving local foods further into the mainstream.  Many ideas arose throughout the day’s conversation, including:

  • Reforming and/or reinstating culinary education in public schools
  • Working with area news media to promote the message of local foods
  • Encouraging restaurants and groceries to purchase more local foods, regardless of the extra price they may have to charge to consumers
  • Creating a support network for growers who would like to produce and process specialty crops.  This network could include: processing facilities; community kitchens; markets; etc.
  • Organizing the ‘alphabet soup’ of sustainable farm and food organizations around a common message.

Following the meeting, attendees and guest speakers continued the conversation over  “local nachos” and Minnesota beer.  The annual meeting was an inspiring kickoff to the new year and the beginning of a conversation that the Crow River will continue to have throughout the year.


Youth Award Bauman2014 Outstanding Youth in Sustainable Agriculture Award

Grace Bauman, of Delano

Grace planted more than 6,000 strawberry plants on her family’s Delano farm in 2013 because she saw a demand for berries in the area.  She has been using all-natural methods in her operation and has put a lot of time and effort into the project.  Besides strawberries, Grace also planted blackberries and is considering growing other berry crops, as well.

As the 2014 award recipient, Grace will receive a $100 prize and a one-year membership to the Crow River SFA.

Crow River Chapter

Member Services Directory

2014-Directory-Art-194x300A resource for people who eat, people who farm, and people who want to support strong rural communities, local foods and a healthy environment in the Crow River area. Click here for the Crow River Chapter Member Services Directory. Current members may submit a listing or update their existing one by contacting Jerry Ford,



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Crow River Chapter Description

Encompassing an incredibly diverse part of the state that includes the Twin Cities and the rural counties to theirwest, Crow River offers opportunites for farmers, sustainable farming supporters and consumers to participate in a vital and active organization. We represent not only the more “traditional” farmers – dairy, grains, etc. – but also a wide range of thriving specialty and niche market farmers: CSAs, goats, sheep, poultry, herbs, garlic, restaurant and co-op produce, etc. We have an emphasis on education in sustainable practices and an impressive roster of events, including farm tours, the Annual Crow River Sustainable Farming Conference, the Minnesota Garlic Festival, and the popular “farm social” gatherings.

Crow River Board of Directors

Crow River Chapter Board of Directors Greg Reynolds, Chuck Banks, Jerry Ford, Nick Neaton, Cathy Rose, Chris Kudrna, Mary Jane Miller, Red Kirkman, Amelia Neaton, Mike Lilja

Contact Information

Contact: Jerry Ford Address: 7616 25th St SW Howard Lake, MN 55349 Phone Number: 763-244-6659 Email: