“Profits from Perennials” Event Sept. 30 in Benson

To read the full press release on this event, including information on the Chippewa 10% Project, click here.

A field day on how farmers, consumers and others can work together to revitalize the Chippewa River watershed will be Thursday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Don and Helen Berheim farm near Benson.

The “Profits from Perennials: Imagining the Possibilities for Farmers, for Communities, for the Land” event is free and open to the public, and will feature a lunch made from locally-sourced food. Pre-registration is required by Sept. 27.

DIRECTIONS: From Benson, travel north on Highway 29 approximately nine miles; turn right (east) onto 325th Street (gravel road); go east .6 of a mile and turn right onto the Berheims’ farm lane. Look for “LSP” event signs.

This event will feature presentations on how diverse farming systems that incorporate perennials such as grasses, alfalfa and tree crops can help improve water quality while benefiting farmers and communities. Also featured will be a discussion of the infrastructure needed to build a vibrant local food system and stable renewable energy markets for perennial biomass.

Presenters will include farmers, scientists, community leaders and others who are working in various ways to revitalize the watershed utilizing diverse farming systems, creative marketing and innovative policies. There will also be a demonstration by staff from the University of Minnesota-Morris biomass gasification facility.

This meeting is for farmers, consumers, business owners, natural resource professionals and anyone else who is interested in learning how diversifying key parts of the landscape in the Chippewa River watershed can produce environmental and economic benefits for the community.

To register or for more information, contact Julia Ahlers Ness in the Land Stewardship Project’s Montevideo, Minn., office at 320-269-2105 or janess@landstewardshipproject.org.

If you’d like to carpool from the Big Stone County area to this event, contact Rebecca Terk at (320) 305-9685 or rebeccat@landstewardshipproject.org.

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