Summer Field Days!
This past winter, the Duluth Chapter of the National Young Farmers Coalition was formed. This organization’s mission is to mobilize, and engage young (in age or career) farmers to ensure their success by pooling resources and creating strong networks; the association also represents them as a larger whole in Washington D.C., at the Capitol. Currently the Duluth Young Farmers Coalition is a network of just under 30 individuals, in all stages of beginning farming. The DYFC has set up a Farm Tour Series for young farmers this summer. On the last Sunday of every month a farm will host an afternoon event to showcase their enterprise. The goal of the Farm Tour Series is to enable young farmers to see and experience the multitude of farming operations, big and small, that are present in the Lake Superior Basin. It will be so interesting to witness the creativity and hard work of farmers in our community – sharing different business plans, niche products, distribution circuits, growing methods, and more.
The daily tour schedule is as follows:
12pm: Arrive at the farm
12pm – 2pm: Tour of the farm
2pm – 3pm: Help with project on the farm
3pm – 4pm: Potluck
This is the line up of farms for the tours:
June 28 – Clover Valley Farm (www.clovervalleyfarms.com)
July 26 – Sustainable Agriculture Project
(www.d.umn.edu/cscd/sap/main/index.php) at UMD
Aug. 30 – Fairhaven Farm (www.fairhavenfarmcsa.com)
Sept. 27 – Shubats Fruits (www.shubatsfruits.com)
…With more to come through the winter!!
Please RSVP to moc.liamg@sremrafgnuoyhtulud as soon as you are able. Carpooling would be ideal!
Saturday, August 15, 3-5 p.m.
Your coordinator, Clare Hintz, will show you around Elsewhere Farm, 16550 Nicoletti Rd., in Herbster, WI. Clare has been building production Permaculture systems on the farm for the last 14 years. The farm features 700 fruit and nut trees, many kinds of berries, heritage and rare-breed pastured laying hens, vegetable market gardens, bees, and lots of red clay. For more information and to RSVP, contact Clare at moc.liamg@retsbrehmraferehwesle or phone 715-774-3153.
Harvest Fest 2015!
We could keep millions of dollars circulating in our region if we ate and sold more local food. The Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association’s Harvest Festival is the premier venue for learning about and boosting sustainable agriculture and food systems. LSSFA is hosting the Festival for its 22nd year! Harvest Fest will take place at Bayfront Festival Park on Saturday, September 12th from 10am – 4pm. Held rain or shine, it is a free, family-oriented event that brings over 8,000 producers and consumers together to celebrate healthy communities through sustainably produced delicious food.
Harvest Festival features local farmers, artisans, live music, active organizations and businesses devoted to sustainability, and demonstrations; we want YOU to join us this year. As we gear up for the 2015 Harvest Festival we are searching for vendors who will offer food fresh from the farm, locally made arts and crafts, local ingredients in delicious prepared food and beverages, and nonprofit and private businesses who promote ecological and social sustainability along with a vibrant local economy.