Local chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association to strengthen farmer/consumer relationships by coordinating networking event and developing a directory of local farms with products offered

The Greater Mille Lacs chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota (GMLSFA) is working to create more opportunities for local consumers to connect with farmers that live near them. The goal of these connections is that farmers will be able to sell more of their products directly to the people of their communities. To that end GMLSFA is developing a local foods directory. This directory will feature farms in the greater Mille Lacs area that are selling products direct to consumers. The initial run of the directory will be 1,000 copies and will be distributed at local events, businesses, and farmer’s markets.

Anyone interested in listing their farm may contact Erik Heimark at heima022@umn.edu. Submit the name, address, phone number, email, and website of the farm along with a list of products offered. There is a $20.00 fee per farm to be listed, members of GMLSFA will be listed for free.

To become a member of the Greater Mille Lacs Chapter of SFA you can visit the website https://org2.salsalabs.com/o/7232/donate_page/join and select the Greater Mille Lacs chapter during the registration process. Alternately, you can contact Mathew Nix at mathew.nix@gmail.com or (218) 927-1425 to get information on registering by mail.

A March 19 deadline for submissions is required in order for this directory to be published in time for the Farm 2 Institution event which will be held at the Long Lake Conservation Center March 29. The Farm 2 Institution event will be gathering local producers and institutional food buyers in order to educate them on the process of selling locally produced food directly to institutional kitchens. This event is being coordinated by Renewing the Countryside and GMLSFA.

If interested in attending the event please visit Renewing the Countryside’s website ( http://www.renewingthecountryside.org/ ) and click on the Farm to Institution link at the top of the page.

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