With the freezing temps, it’s a great time to snuggle under a nice warm blanket with a good book. Here are a few suggestions from our staff: Home Made by Liz Hauck; Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan; and Jayden's Impossible Garden by Melina Mangal.
Plus, cold isn’t all bad, it kills the invasive insects for us and our farmers! Read on to hear what other good things are going on while we're all hunkered down...
And a big warm thank you to Lakewinds Food Co-op customers for donating $16,228.90 during December's Round Up!
Farmland Access Webinars
Are you a beginning farmer looking to secure a lease or preparing to purchase a farm? Wish you could come to one of our upcoming sessions at a conference this winter but just can’t swing it? Join us for a Farmland Access Webinar series which will include short presentations and Q&A with Farmland Access Navigators.
Part 1: Tenure Basics & Assembling a Team - Feb 8: 12-1 pm OR Feb 15: 6-7pm
Part 2: Land Assessment and Search Strategies - Feb 9: 12-1 pm OR Feb 16: 6-7pm
Part 3: Building a Land Access Portfolio - Feb 10: 12-1 pm OR Feb 17: 6-7pm
*Register for your selected Q&A session at the link below; Zoom info will be sent after registration.
Update on Singing Hills Farm Transition
For the past few years, retiring Singing Hills farmer Lynne Reeck has been hoping to sell her 25 acres of farmland, transitioning it into the hands of an emerging farmer who will sustainably steward the land.
Bao Xiong, Kue Lor and their daughter Mai Lor are part of a multigenerational market-vegetable farmer family who are looking to purchase farmland after 30 years of growing crops in the Twin Cities area with unreliable and increasingly expensive farmland access.
Thanks to a partnership with American Farmland Trust, we are working to raise funds to place an agricultural conservation easement on the land which will make this transition possible. We’re in the final stretch of raising the funds to make this possible. To celebrate and push towards the finish line, we're holding a virtual community fundraiser, Bridging Dreams, on Tuesday, Feb. 22, from 6-7pm.
Join us and our event partners (see below) for an informative and engaging evening: hear from the farmers involved, learn more about efforts to bridge farmland sellers with emerging and BIPOC farmers looking for farmland, and enjoy music, art and stories. Proceeds from the event will help us cross the finish line to ensure this land transition is successful.
If you’re interested in supporting but can’t make it, donate today and share the event with your networks!
Event address details provided upon registration.
Farm to Early Care
We are so happy to be able to deliver Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Boxes to Early Care Providers in St. Paul. Providers engaged kids in so many amazing ways with the produce in the boxes—they truly used the produce as a learning tool, as well as a source of fresh, local food. Check out the video above featuring early care providers and kids engaging with the produce, all made possible with CSA boxes from the Hmong American Farmers Association!
We’d like to give a shoutout to the RTC early care team for this work, and especially to Nora Shields-Cutler for video production!
Find more of our Farm to Early Care work on our website and early care blog at renewingthecountryside.org/f2ece_blog
We're pleased to be working with our partners in the FEAST! Local Foods Network to present a B2B Tradeshow this March, and have just launched registration for wholesale buyers and regional foodmakers.
The lunch will include locally-produced foods and features a keynote from Paul Willis, co-founder of Niman Ranch, a network of small, independent, U.S. family farmers raising livestock humanely and sustainably. Paul will share insights about how he scaled up his business responsibly and maintained strong dedication to his founding principles.
We build awareness and support for these initiatives by collecting & sharing stories of rural renewal, providing practical assistance & networking opportunities for those working to improve rural America, and fostering connections between urban & rural people.