The GARLIC PROJECT GOALS
- Enhance the competitiveness of Minnesota Premium Garlic through increased sales
- Improve the competitiveness of Minnesota Premium Garlic through increased access
- Increase the competitiveness of Minnesota Premium Garlic through the implementation of sustainable production practices, resulting in increased yield, reduced inputs, greater efficiency, higher economic return, and/or conservation of resources.
- Enhance the competitiveness of this specialty crop with research into more sustainable, diverse and resilient cultivation and production practices.
- Improve the competitiveness of Minnesota Premium Garlic through enhancing or improving the economic conditions as a result of specialty crop development.
1) Increased Sales
SFA intends to increase production of Minnesota Premium Garlic by adding 25 new producers, or expanding production by 50% from existing producers, with sales to existing or expanding markets.
SFA will teach producers how to grow and market Minnesota Premium Garlic, as distinguished from lower quality garlic. By teaching producers and consumers market differentiation and working with the Regional Sustainable Development Partnership to expand supply chain access and increase markets, SFA believes that the per pound can be increased by producers, especially in the more rural areas of the state.
2) Increased Access
This project will develop markets and supply chain networks in rural areas that presently have little access to premium Minnesota garlic.
SFA and RSDP will introduce the use of premium Minnesota garlic to rural groceries, institutions and restaurants, and will attempt to make it more available in rural communities so that more garlic will be consumed, and so that awareness of its availability from local growers is increased.
3) Sustainable Production Practices
The competitiveness of Minnesota Premium Garlic will be enhanced through sustainable production practices, resulting in increased yield, reduced inputs, increased efficiency, increased economic return and/or conservation of resources.
Workshops and presentations will be conducted at conferences and meetings, and as free-standing events. New growers will be recruited.
Designated “Cooperating Farms” will conduct research on best practices for the cultivation of Minnesota Premium Garlic. Research topics are still to be determined, but will likely include:
- timing of planting
- timing of harvest
- pest/disease management
- mulching/not mulching
- foliar festilization
The results will be widely disseminated.
5) Improving Economic Conditions
The project will enhance the competitiveness of Minnesota Premium Garlic by measuring the number of new beginning farmers who go into the producing it, as well as the number of socially disadvantaged farmers who go into producing premium Minnesota garlic The project will also recruit growers to enroll in the “Minnesota Grown” program to expand marketing and competitiveness, and will measure new enrollees as a result of its workshops and outreach to producers.