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Crow River Chapter 2017 Annual Meeting
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Crow River Chapter 2016 Annual Meeting
Recreating the Local Food System – Together
At our Annual Meeting on January 30th, 2016:
Building on our recent work, tying in with the work of our partners, and continuing the conversation from previous annual meetings, CRSFA board members outlined a plan to recreate the local food system. We invited participants to take part in large- and small-group discussions on the following topics:
- Creating mini-grant programs
- Supporting local processing initatives
- Branding the Crow River region as a local food mecca
- Cultivating a newspaper/TV/media presence
- “Crow River Ketchup 2.0”
. . . and more.
CROW RIVER KETCHUP
As many know, this was to be the year of the SFA ketchup. As announced at the February association conference, it was the hope of the Crow River chapter to start bottling a distinct and possibly garlic-y version of ketchup as way for regional farmers to add value to their production and for eaters throughout the state to learn more about the Sustainable Farming Association. However, as research into sourcing, processing and bottling progressed, it become evident to the “Ketchup Advisory Board” –a committee of Crow River Chapter Board members and supporters—that the current Crow River food system could not support this project at this time.
The profit and loss spreadsheets showed the costs were too high and the end product would have to be priced in a range that would be unmarketable. As disappointing as it was to come to this conclusion, the Crow River Chapter has walked away from this experience armed with real data and experience regarding the barriers small-scale producers experience as they continue to seek ways to build value into their production. Stay tuned as the Crow River Chapter explores what we will do with this valuable information and how we will continue using it to shape our mission and goals for sustainable farming in our region.
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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 Chapter Board of Directors & Staff
Greg Reynolds (President), Chuck Banks (Treasurer), Chris Kudrna, Mary Jane Miller (V.P.), Red Kirkman (Secretary), Sarah Lindblom, Amelia Neaton, Mike Lilja, Dale Woodbeck, Jerry Ford (Coordinator)
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