February is turning out (as usual) to be a jam-packed month for food and farming events!
Remember, this Monday (tomorrow–January 31!) is the Big Stone Lake Farmers Market, producer meeting & soup supper at 5:30pm in the Ortonville Community Center at 400 Monroe Street in Ortonville. I’ve got the sponge going for 2 nice big loaves of oatmeal bread now…
Wednesday, February 2nd at 1pm we’re having another tour of the Clinton cafe facility on Main Street in Clinton, MN. If you missed the first one (the weather wasn’t exactly cooperative), try to make this one. Bring a flashlight if you can.
Next Friday and Saturday, February 4 & 5 is the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society’s Annual Winter Conference in balmy Fargo, ND. This is one of my favorite farm conferences–a good size for networking and the presentations are always fantastic. Highly recommended! Click this link for info.
Tuesday, February 8th is the settled-upon date of the potluck Big Stone Local Foods group meeting at 5:30pm at the Clinton Memorial Building. Newbies welcome! Contact me for information (“About” page on this blog).
Tired of incivility in political discourse? Well, what could be more civil than breaking bread with your elected officials at Land Stewardship Project’s Annual Family Farm Breakfast in the Capitol? That’s happening on Tuesday, February 15, 7-9:30am at Christ Lutheran Church in St. Paul. More info, click here.
Two events are scheduled for Friday & Saturday, February 18 & 19: In St. Joseph, Minnesota, there’s the Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota’s annual conference. Woody Tasch, founder of Slow Money, will be the keynote speaker. Click the link for info.
That same weekend, Sally Fallon Morell, founder and president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of the Nourishing Traditions cookbook will present The Oiling of America and a seminar on traditional diets in Sioux Falls, SD. Click here and scroll down on the calendar for contact/registration info. BTW, the first time I saw/heard of Sally Fallon was when she spoke a few years back at the NPSAS winter conference.
Monday, February 21 marks a Land Stewardship Project Membership Meeting at 6pm in the Ortonville Community Center. A light supper will be served, and participants will learn about LSP’s Community-Based Food Systems work in Western MN, how Farm Beginnings is working to increase farmers on the land, and the work our policy program is doing in St. Paul & DC to advance programs that support family farmers and rural communities.
Last, but not least, on Tuesday, March 1st the SHIP Spring Forum will take place at the Milan School in Milan, MN. The focus is on local foods from farm to fork, and panelists will help demystify the legal and logistical questions about selling, preparing, and serving local foods. Call Countryside Public Health at 320-843-4546 for more information.