In 2006, Jody and Beth Osmund received an NCR-SARE Farmer Rancher grant that helped them purchase a market trailer and a cold plate refrigeration unit as the foundation of their meat CSA and farmers market sales at Cedar Valley Farm.
Today, Cedar Valley Sustainable Farm CSA has made a new life and new business for themselves raising and selling first vegetables and then antibiotic-free and additive-free beef, chicken, pork, and eggs.
Source: AgriNews, Jeannine Otto
Jody and Beth Osmund don’t expect the sale of Smithfield Foods to Shuanghui International to bring a mass exodus of concerned...Read More
A SARE supported, tri-state collaboration has resulted in a new Community and Local Food Resources website to assist rural community food system development.
This website provides resources to support rural communities just beginning to build their community food systems as well as those whose local food systems are already strong. Resources are intended for farmers and producers, community organizations, and Extension Educators but may interest anyone in community and local foods.
The website brings together the following organizations:
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A 2013 Urban Agriculture Expo will be held on April 20th, 2013 at the Sabathani Community Center in Minneapolis, MN. The Expo will be from 9:00am - 1:30pm, with educational seminars beginning at 9:30am. This event is for those who currently have an urban farming enterprise, are considering starting one, are supporters of urban farming, or are just curious to learn more. No preregistration is required for the event. There is suggested donation of $5 to attend.
The 2013 Expo will include three different topic categories; growing topics, business topics, and people topics. The growing topics will...Read More
Source: High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal
The first in a series of workshops that will focus on "Food Hubs and Co-ops: How local family farms can feed our communities" will be offered April 6, 2013 9am-5pm in the Highland Community College's Klinefelter Barn, 1774 230th St., Hiawatha, Kan. The workshop will provide people who grow and enjoy locally produced food with information on how to form partnerships and food cooperatives.
"This workshop was instantly popular, and we realized we needed to develop separate workshops for the food hub and food co-op topics," said Mary Howell,...Read More
The Traverse Bay Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Good Food Charter are working to develop local food production and distribution systems to source 20% of the food for the Traverse City area within a 100-mile radius by 2020. The plan also states the meat portion of supply should be pasture-based. According to Jason Rowntree, Assistant Professor, Beef Cattle and Forage Utilization at Michigan State University, to achieve this pasture-based livestock supply, producer and culinary education must be greatly enhanced. This story features Rowntree's NCR-SARE Research and Education project,...Read More
August is the perfect time for a day trip. The University of Minnesota Extension, along with the Minnesota State SARE Program has developed a tour of farming operations in Norman and Mahnomen counties in Northern Minnesota. The tour, scheduled for August 16th, is an opportunity for friends and families to connect with the thriving local foods community. Participants will have opportunity to learn about natural and sustainable production methods that can be used in their own backyard gardens. The full day event has timed stops along the way offering a look into several local foods farm operations....Read More
Source: Lisa Kivirist, Inn Serendipity Farm and B&B, Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), Rural Women’s Project, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate local agriculture on August 5 by visiting small family farms as part of a tour led by Wisconsin women committed to a healthy, fresh future for our children. From eggplants to emus, sheep to solar energy, bed & breakfasts to beef – these seven farms on the tour offer a unique diversity of farm experiences showcasing the summer’s bounty in one afternoon. This event is supported, in part,...Read More
Those who are interested in learning strategies for creating dynamic local food systems to help communities establish thriving local businesses, protecting natural resources and strengthen community ties, or who have clients who wish to expand local food systems beyond farmers’ markets and community gardens can attend a two-day workshop designed specifically for community economic development professionals and extension educators. Attendees will be introduced to the latest concepts in local foods, including tours and discussions of models that connect farmers with processors,...Read More