Greater Mille Lacs Chapter is focused on the area in east-central Minnesota and centered around Aitkin County.
Information: email@example.com or 1.844.922.5573 Ext. 707.
Renew or start your membership HERE.
- 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
Farm2Families is August 26th
To order tickets, click HERE.
Heimark Farm, 33683 Dove St, Aitkin
Farm2Families, a community event brought to you by your local farmers, featuring a dinner, live music, a market, livestock, demonstrations & educational speakers.
Attendees can enjoy a meal of locally sourced pulled pork and chicken, homemade BBQ sauce, 100 % whole wheat buns, roasted root vegetables or potatoes, coleslaw, corn on the cob, cucumber salad, and beverages – Maple Cedar Tip Tea and cucumber mint ice water.
Tickets for Farm2Families can be purchased at the event or in advance at Gramma’s Pantry in Aitkin. On-line registration and ticket purchase is easy HERE. Admission to the event is $5.00 for adults and children over the age of 10. The meal is $15.00 for adults and children over the age of 10. Children 10 and under are admitted free and can eat free with an adult who purchases a meal.
3:45 – 4:30
Scott Kittelson and Tom Gervais, representing the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, will present a rainfall simulator, a fascinating demonstration of how different agricultural practices affect a soil’s ability to handle rain.
4:45 – 5:15
Liz and Kate Short, members of the Ripple River Bee Club. Learn about basic bee biology, how we can help our bees stay healthy and what it takes to become a bee keeper!
5:30 – 6:00
Peggy Jones of American Peat Technology will provide a presentation on the manufacture of value-added peat products for use in the agriculture and water treatment industries. Peat isn’t just about horticultural soil amendments! Learn about the unique properties of peat and how this abundant natural resource in Aitkin County is providing jobs, technology and innovation to our economy.
Fun for the whole family!
Sponsors of the Farm2Families event include
American Peat Technology
MidMinnesota Federal Credit Union
Riverwood Health Care Center
Event organizers have been assisted by Hannah Colby, Aitkin County SHIP Coordinator – Healthy Northland and Sylvia Allen, Allen Consulting.
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
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maple Ridge Produce Farm Visit & Potluck | July 8, 2017 – Greater Mille Lacs Chapter hosted a social gathering for chapter members and non-members at Maple Ridge Produce.
Farm2Families Planning Meeting | May 21, 2017 – Greater Mille Lacs Chapter members were invited to a planning meeting May 21 at the event site, the Heimark Farm at 33683 Dove St, Aitkin.
Annual Meeting | Jan. 29, 2017 – 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.
Summer Farm Tour | Aug. 28, 2016 – 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.
Farm-2-Institution Workshop | March 29, 2016 – 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.
Deep Winter Greenhouse tour | Jan. 23, 2016 – 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.
Farm Tour & Potluck | July 12, 2015 – 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.
Wellspring Farms Tour | May 31, 2015 – 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.