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Join us: RTC Spring Breakfast - Monday, May 6
Join us on May 6th for our first ever Spring Fundraiser & Social. This is an opportunity for people to come and learn about exciting developments at Renewing the Countryside. Yes, this is a fundraiser, and we will accepting contributions, but there is no minimum and no maximum gift – and breakfast is free! We would be delighted if you could join us!
You may know us through one particular program or event, but each of them are only a small part of our work -- we would love the chance to share about all the great things we're doing. Did you know we have helped more than a dozen farmers find land to lease or buy in the last year alone? That we reach over 250,000 visitors through our interactive, educational Healthy, Local Foods Exhibit each year at the Minnesota State Fair? That we host events that have connected many dozens of woman farmers and landowners with resources and support to increase conservation of their land? Or that we work with local child care providers to increase their nutrition education and purchasing of healthy local, farm-fresh food?
look who's renewing the countryside: Noreen Thomas
where we've been: MN Artisan Grain Gathering
Last month we were excited to come together with farmers, millers, bakers, brewers, nonprofits, researchers, and other supply chain partners for a gathering to identify possibilities and priorities for Minnesota heritage and small grains from field to plate or glass.
The effort looks to expand local foods goals into the realm of grains, and for consumers to realize the benefits not only to new and interesting flavors, but also different nutrient values as well as increased markets for farms that are using grains in rotation with their other, often more marketable crops.
We were pleased to include panelists like author Beth Dooley, University of Minnesota Researcher Don Wyse, farmer Ben Penner, entrepreneur Brady Barnstable of Seven Sundays and millers Marty and Darrold Granville of Sunrise Flour Mill.
The Artisan Grain Collaborative (AGC) partnered with us to hold this gathering, and we were pleased to be able to bring together such an active group of people from across the grain value chain in Minnesota to hear about what AGC is doing and contribute to the conversation.
Organizing partners include: Albert Lea Seed, Artisan Grain Collaborative, AURI, Ben Penner Farms, Beth Dooley’s Kitchen, Delta Institute, Environmental Initiative, Forever Green, University of Minnesota, Fresh Taste, Kimber Contours, Midwest Grains Initiative- Center for Sustainability Solutions, Sprowt Labs, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Organic Seed Alliance, Peterson Farms, Renewing the Countryside, and U of M Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships
partner spotlight: Ferndale Market
resource pick of the month: The Good Acre's spring classes
From spring soups, to fresh-caught panfish, The Good Acre has a wealth of classes for you to up your kitchen skills and add to your list of favorite recipes.
Are you ready to make a healthy evolution in your cooking? Interested in a new cuisine? Need an alternative to take-out? Whatever your motivation, The Good Acre offers a fun, fulfilling and affordable way to learn from expert instructors, expand your food knowledge, and share your passion for good food—all while supporting the Minnesota food community.
We know that there are no farmers, and there is not a food system, if regular people like you and me don't have access to fresh food or know how to prepare it. That's why we work with community partners like The Good Acre in our efforts to educate the public, school, and early care staff about how to incorporate more fresh, local food into meals and snacks. Learn more more about our community-based food system work at our Spring Breakfast on May 6th!
trivia of the month
Q: What delicious spring crop has this strange tool been designed to harvest?
E-mail your response to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win a local foods T-shirt.
Keep up the great submissions!