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ANNUAL MEETING TACKLES LOCAL FOODS ISSUES
The 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.
2014 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.
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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
Greg Reynolds, Chuck Banks, Jerry Ford, Nick Neaton, Cathy Rose, Chris Kudrna, Mary Jane Miller, Red Kirkman, Amelia Neaton, Mike Lilja
Contact: Jerry Ford
Address: 7616 25th St SW
Howard Lake, MN 55349
Phone Number: 763-244-6659