Greater Mille Lacs Chapter is focused on the area in east-central Minnesota and centered around Aitkin County.
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- Chair – Debby Flowers
- Vice Chair– Mat Nix
- Association Board Delegate – Joe Gans
- Secretary– Sarah Gans
- Treasurer – Erik Heimark
- Member At Large – Matt Hurd
- Membership Coordinator – Christian McShane
Maple Ridge Produce Farm Visit & Potluck
Date & Time: Jul 08, 2017, 4-7 p.m.
Location: 29555 380th Ave, Aitkin, MN 56431
This will be a social gathering for our chapter members and non-members at Maple Ridge Produce. It’s potluck, so bring something to share.
Please RSVP here so that we can plan accordingly.
Farm2Families is Aug. 26
Farm2Families, a community event that our chapter hopes will become a signature event, will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Heimark Farm, 33683 Dove St, Aitkin. The full program is still being discussed, but should include farm demonstrations, food, entertainment, kids activities and a farm store. Save the date and watch for more information here and in the SFA Connect newsletter.
Local Food Directory
Greater Mille Lacs Chapter, which is centered in the Aitkin area, is producing a Local Food Directory brochure for area farmers to list their contact information and products for sale. The directory listing is free to Greater Mille Lacs Chapter members but also open to nonmembers for a $20 fee.
- Farm Name
- Phone Number
- List of products and/or descriptions
If you would simply like to be in the directory but not join SFA, mail the above information along with a $20 check made out to SFA Greater Mille Lacs Chapter to:
29555 380th Ave
Aitkin, MN 56431
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Farm2Families Planning Meeting was May 21
To prepare for our Farm2Families event coming up in August, all SFA Greater Mille Lacs Chapter members were invited to a planning meeting at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at the event site, the Heimark Farm at 33683 Dove St, Aitkin.
Some of us have gotten the planning started but there is still plenty room for creativity and ideas! We also need volunteers to help with various committees such as food, farm store, demos, activities, entertainment, and others. What is your area of interest? What are you good at? We want to hear about it! What are your questions? Bring them all!
Regarding the food for the event, we want to serve as many local products as possible. Erik Heimark, food committee chair, has worked out a menu and budget; RFPs will be going out to members so you will be able to submit your items for consideration. Be watching for this very soon.
Also, if any of you have tent awnings for sheltering/shading, please let us know if we can use them during the event.
Annual Meeting was Jan. 29 – Greater Mille Lacs Chapter held its annual meeting at 5 p.m. Sun., Jan. 29, at Hazelton Town Hall, 24248 U.S. Highway 169 (about 12 miles south of Aitkin). Free and open to all, the meeting kicked off with a potluck and member renewal time, seed swap and “year in review” presentation. Then, at 6, a guest speaker presentation was followed by discussion about a possible signature event to raise funds and enhance the local farm economy. Board elections and a board meeting followed.
Aug. 28, 2016: Summer Farm Tour – Greater Mille Lacs Chapter hosted its August Farm Tour and botanical product-making event at Ole’s Acres, 38382 Dove St, Aitkin. This event included a potluck dinner and foraging for native plants; plantain, dandelion and yarrow were used to make oils, tinctures and salves. The group also viewed a milking station, chicken brooders, chickens, turkeys, and cattle; children were able to experience milking a cow by hand.
March 29, 2016: Farm-2-Institution Workshop – This event included speakers discussing Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) Certification, regulations concerning meat, produce, baked and canned goods, xpectations for purchasing from local farms, cooking with whole foods, and a panel of local folks who have built farm-to-institutional relationships. A locally sourced lunch was served.
Jan. 23, 2016: Deep Winter Greenhouse tour – In fall 2015, Kim and Ryan Erickson built a deep winter greenhouse with plans to add a winter CSA to their operation, and GML chapter hosted a tour of their Way Cool Farm. The Ericksons currently raise grassfed beef, field crops and alpacas. In the last few years they have started an orchard and expanded their garden to prepare for offering a CSA. They are passionate about local foods and the impact of growing produce in healthy soil and are focused on building the soil with crop diversity, strategic grazing and cover crops. This event was part of a series of tours at deep winter greenhouses across the region, with the kickoff at theMinnesota Organic Conference Passive Solar Deep Winter Greenhouses Workshop, and the culminating wrap-up session at the SFA Annual Conference on Feb. 13.
July 12, 2015: Farm Tour & Potluck – GML Chapter gathered for a potluck at Gilby’s Orchard – on hand were activities like a corn maze and hayride – then traveled to McShane Farm. These farms raise apples, pumpkins, free-range chickens, heritage pork, rabbits, and more.
July 12, 2015: Farm Tour & Potluck – Thank you to all who were able to come and visit Righteous Oaks Farm and Ole Lake Farm. We really enjoyed having you!
May 31, 2015: Wellspring Farms Tour – GML Chapter met for a farm tour and potluck supper at Wellspring Farms in Aitkin. The tour began at Joe and Barbara Gans’s place with a look at their high tunnel, Buckeye chickens and sprouting system. Then, the group traveled to Brad Kucera and Sarah Gans’s to see how they manage cattle, pigs, rabbits, hens and broilers on pasture. They also have a frost-free nose pump, high tunnel and poultry and rabbit butchering equipment to check out.