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join us: visit the healthy, local food exhibit at the State Fair
partner spotlight: Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program
This fall, we're exited to help bring the National Farm Viability Conference to the Midwest for the first time, October 22-24. This conference is geared towards agricultural professionals and is focused on strengthening farm viability, building stronger and more resilient local food systems and supporting the long term profitability of farming and agri-entrepreneurs from start-ups to generational businesses.
We're excited to be working with partners from across the nation on this, and especially past hosts like the Vermont Farm & Forest Viability Program. The staff at Vermont’s Viability Program, led by Ela Chapin, aim to enhance the economic and overall viability of Vermont farm and forestry enterprises. This is accomplished by offering business and succession planning to eligible farmers, agriculturally-related businesses, forest products enterprises, and forest landowners. These services are carried out by a robust network of organizations and advisers, including University of VT Extension, nonprofits and private consultants. The photo to the left shows Full Belly Farm, recipients of VLT's businnes planning services
Organizations like ours can gain much knowledge and efficiency by working together and learning from each other. If you're an agricultural professional, please join us in October at the National Farm Viability Conference to learn more.
where we're going: National Farm Viability Conference, Oct. 22-24
The Conference is geared towards professionals in the fields of farm and food business planning, financial planning, agricultural financing, crisis management, farmland conservation, agricultural market development, and food hub management. It offers attendees the opportunity to network and learn from industry leaders and other professionals in their fields, develop new knowledge and skills, and tour nearby farms and value-added processing facilities.
Visit www.farmviabilityconference.com for more information.
look who's renewing the countryside: Valentine Cadieux
resource pick of the month: Minnesota Farm to School & Early Care Grants
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now taking applications for the Agricultural Growth, Research and Innovation (AGRI) Farm to School and Farm to Early Care and Education Grants.
Are you a teacher, parent, school administrator, or community member who thinks a school or early care site in your community could benefit from a planning or equipment grant to increase the use of local food in their meals and snacks? If so, please let schools and early care sites in your community know about this opportunity!
Farm to School and Farm to Early Care and Education Grants benefit farmers by empowering schools to use locally grown and raised foods, and the stronger local social and economic fabric built by farm to school initiatives strengthens our communities and food systems. Applications are open now through November 7th.
Learn more here, help us spread the word, and apply soon!
what we're reading: Dan Barber's The Third Plate
trivia of the month
Q: How many wheat berries are in the jar?
Join our community of State Fair exhibit visitors to guess the number of wheat berries Chef Christopher Sarles has in this jar. Wheat berries are one of the artisan grains we're highlighting at this year's educational event.
This will make 1 artisan boule of sourdough bread according to Christopher Sarles of Lowertown Bakehouse. The winner will receive a free boule to be picked up at his booth at the Mill City Farmers Market Saturdays from 8am to 1pm. Christopher bakes all of his bread with freshly milled grain from Sunrise Flour Mill.
E-mail your response to email@example.com for a chance to win this special prize.