A More Sustainable Western Minnesota–February 21

On Monday, Feb 21st we will be holding a community meeting for members and friends of Land Stewardship Project to explore our work and to engage the community about moving forward for a more sustainable, healthy and democratic community.

This meeting will be on Monday, Feb 21st 6:00—9:00pm at the Ortonville Community Center – 400 Monroe Street in Ortonville, MN. We will be serving a free-will donation light supper and we want you there to add your voice to these important discussions.

LOCAL FOOD WORK IN BIG STONE LAKE AREA
Many of our rural communities lack a grocery that serves fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy meats and if they do it is the exception rather than the rule that these items are locally produced. Rebecca Terk (that’s me!) will talk about her work with community members in the Big Stone Lake area to make fresh and healthy locally produced food more widely available as well create a growing market for farmers producing healthy food.

THE FARM BEGINNINGS PROGRAM –KEEPING FARMERS ON THE LAND
Since 1997 LSP’s Farm Beginnings Program has been working to keep farmers on the land with this unique farmer-led educational training and support program designed to help people who want to evaluate and plan their farm enterprise. Farm Beginnings most recent workshops about options for making money from hogs and grass fed-cattle are great examples of what makes this such a successful program. LSP’s Farm Beginnings Director Amy Bacigalupo will discuss the program and how can we bring Farm Beginnings to this community.

THE CHIPPEWA 10% PROJECT
LSP is partnering with sister organizations to find a profitable future for locally owned and operated farms and improved water quality at the same time. LSP’s Community Based Food Systems Director Terry VanDerPol will discuss“The Chippewa 10 Project”and how including perennials in their cropping systems and livestock operations produce many benefits – or “profits” – for the farmers, for communities and for the land. Find out how the important findings from this project can be used elsewhere

USDA SOILS LAB
The USDA soils lab in Morris is a partner with LSP in the Chippewa 10% Project. The Supervisory Research Agronomist there, Abdillah Jaradat, will discuss his work with the “Chippewa 10 Project” and the history, mission and achievements of the Soils lab to support local farming and rural communities by developing sustainable farming systems, land-use alternatives to meet future demand for food, feed, and biomass, and contribute to productive conservation of agricultural and natural resources.

STATE AND FEDERAL FAMILY FARM POLICY AND UNDERSTANDING THE INCREASING CORPORATE DOMINANCE OVER DECISIONS THAT AFFECT OUR EVERYDAY LIVES
With LSP’s base of 2,700 households our membership has long been a force in impacting state, federal and corporate policy that affects the lives of our members, the health of the land, and the well-being of our communities.

We know that through organizing people can advance good public policy for rural communities and family farms, and use the public power of government against unchecked corporate influence on our economy and society.

Paul Sobocinski raises livestock and crops in Redwood County and is an organizer in the Policy and Organizing Program of LSP. Paul will be letting us know what is happening with State and Federal policy and lead the discussion on corporate dominance and how it affects us all and what we can do together to positively impact these influences on our lives.

This meeting will be on Monday, Feb 21st 6:00—9:00pm at the Ortonville Community Center – 400 Monroe Street in Ortonville, MN.

To help us plan please let Tom Taylor know you will be coming and how many will be coming with you at 320-269-2105 or ttaylor@landstewardshipproject.org. Or, you can contact me (Rebecca) through the “About” page on this blog.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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