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WINTER MEETINGS & CONFERENCES
Since SFA is a grassroots, locally-oriented organization, with 9 regional chapters tied together by a state-wide association, here’s how we do our winter meetings:
- First, each chapter does a Chapter Meeting specifically designed for its region;
- Then we all get together on the second Saturday in February for the Annual Conference.
Here’s how it will happen in the Crow River/Metro area:
CROW RIVER CHAPTER ANNUAL MEETING
Presenting Participants include:
SFA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
“Back to Our Roots”
Saturday, February 8th, 2014
College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN
A “gathering of the tribes” with farmers, foodies and supporters participating in 20 highly interactive sessions on topics selected by popular vote.
Register, volunteer and become and exhibitor here.
Halloween at the Governor’s Residence
Crow River board member, Mike Lilja, hands out pumpkins donated by Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm and Riverbend Organic Farm. Crow River Members, led by Mary Jane Miller, plant the governor’s vegetable garden, with the produce being used in meals served there. Mary Jane serves on the Governor’s Residence Council and is a frequent guest chef for the residence.
Crow River Chapter
Member Services Directory
A 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Minnesota Garlic Festival
August 9, 2013 Hutchinson, MN
2013 Crow River SFA
Outstanding Youth in Sustainable Agriculture Award
The Crow River Chapter recently recognized three individuals with the Outstanding Youth in Sustainable Agriculture Award. This award was designed to encourage youth ages 14-19 to pursue sustainable agriculture enterprises on their own farms, while connecting them to the larger network of like-minded individuals in their area. Each recipient receives a $100 cash prize, free admission to the CRSFA Annual Meeting, and a free one-year membership to the SFA.
Anna Thiele of rural Maple Lake raises grass-fed beef on her family’s farm. She has been working to develop the animals that are best adapted to their farm environment. Anna plans to pursue a career in animal science and veterinary medicine after high school.
Madison Minkin of rural Mayer lives on a farm where sustainable and organic practices are the norm. She is an animal lover who uses sustainable methods on her livestock, their pastures, and her gardens. Madison’s family is moving to a larger farm this spring, where she hopes to expand her livestock herd to include beef and dairy cows.
Ashley Bendickson of Corcoran is relatively new to farm life, but she has already found a passion for goats. Since moving to a farm in 2011, Ashley has learned that herbal medicine works well for her dairy goats. She hopes to increase her farm enterprises and continue living a great life in the country.
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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 their west, 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.
Coordinator: Jerry Ford
Address: 7616 25th St SW
Howard Lake, MN
Phone Number: 763-244-6659