Crow River Chapter

For more information, contact us at gro.n1440720676m-afs1440720676@revi1440720676rworc1440720676 or 1.844.922.5573 Ext. 705.

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Garlic Festival WITH SFA

10th Annual Minnesota Garlic Festival

Aug. 15, 2015 • Hutchinson, MN

“How to Cook a Chicken” Instructions now available — just click on the title


This is no ordinary bottle of ketchup. Crack it open & taste Minnesota’s bounty from Riverbend Farm, Plum Creek & Nature’s Folly Farms, with a hint of sweetness from Swan Bee company.

The original “Test Batch #1” Ketchup will be available at MN Garlic Festival on August 16th, and you can buy it directly from members of the Crow River Chapter Board.

The “full production run” is coming this fall, and here’s what it’s going to look like:


Contained in this seemingly simple glass bottle is a unique recipe showcasing the hard-work, ingenuity, and passion for supporting and building the sustainable farming community in Minnesota. In the fall of 2015, we, the Crow River Chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association, processed and bottled this ketchup using the tomatoes, garlic, onions and honey from the farms and producers in our region. As you dip your french fry or take a bite of your burger, we hope you will savor not only the rich flavor of this ketchup made from produce grown on farms near you, but also enjoy knowing that every bite supports the farmers, their families and communities who grow for you. 


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Fourth Annual Governor’s Residence Garden is in the Ground!

For the Fourth year in a row, the Crow River Chapter  has planted a vegetable and herb garden at the Governor’s residence in St. Paul. Led by Mary Jane Miller and supported by the Crow River SFA board and volunteers, this year’s garden features many plants and seeds from Minnesota farms, including a new variety of non-GMO organic sweet corn called “Who Gets Kissed?”  Miller and her crew assembled on an unusually chilly May morning and fillled two plots and several larger planters that now contain everything from tomatoes, eggplants and peppers to basil, zucchini, onions and Governor Dayton’s favorite, green beans.
Tours of the vegetable garden spaces take place on select Tuesdays all summer and will be led by Mary Jane Miller and her crew.  Make plans to stop in this summer!
Tuesdays, 10:30 – 12:30PM  Governor’s Residence, 1006 Summit Hill, St. Paul
June 9, 23  July 14, 28  August 4, 18
Photo Credit: Mary Sue Stevens

2015 Crow River Scholarship Winners

Young Farmers Receive Crow River SFA Scholarships

The Crow River Sustainable Farming Association (CRSFA) recently recognized two area youth as recipients of the Outstanding Youth in Sustainable Agriculture award.

These hard-working young people each received a $100 cash award towards their farming projects. It is the CRSFA’s hope that this financial assistance will inspire new generations to start farming!

Emily Hackbarth (Silver Lake) raises goats, llamas, and gardens at her family’s farm near Silver Lake. Emily is especially interested in pasture management and holistic health for her herd of dairy goats. She is active in 4-H, which has helped cultivate her lifelong passion for agriculture.

Charlie Otto (Delano) is also a longtime 4-H member. Charlie raises sheep, cattle, and chickens on his family’s farm, as well as helping with the vegetable gardens. Charlie hopes to use the $100 award to create a better fencing system for his pastured chickens.

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, gro.n1440720676m-afs1440720676@yrre1440720676j1440720676

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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
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Contact Information

Contact: Jerry Ford Address: 7616 25th St SW Howard Lake, MN 55349 Phone Number: 763-244-6659 Email: gro.n1440720676m-afs1440720676@yrre1440720676j1440720676