Posts Tagged ‘Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association’

I’m headed to the farm to start harvesting for the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association’s Harvest Festival this Saturday, September 8, from 10-4 at Bayfront Park in Duluth. Admission is free, and you can enter a raffle for a chance to win a giant basket of goodies from the farmers market PLUS a $300 gift certificate to New Scenic Cafe.

The Harvest Fest will make this the second eventful weekend in a row for Stone’s Throw Farm. Last weekend, my sister, brother-in-law, and nephews visited Wrenshall. Franklin, 3 1/2, loves to “drive” trucks, and discovered an affinity for the wheel hoe. (I’m just hoping he likes hoeing this much when he’s old enough to actually do some damage with the thing.) Graham, 1, likes pushing things, and loves my parents’ dog. It’s enough to wear a person out.

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My parents, Craig & Jean, just got back from two weeks at their farm in Iowa. Needless to say, Dad immediately got a new shipment of supplies unloaded and hilled the potatoes. Mom helped with the weekly CSA harvest and tackled some persistent quackgrass (a redundancy, I know). It’s great to have them back. The veggies and pigs have been perking along in the last few weeks, and the winter squash is already twice as big as it was when I took these photos.

See Stone’s Throw Farm in person this weekend during the LS-SFA’s Festival of Farms event.

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Ponder the above question at the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association 2012 Annual Meeting, Saturday, Jan 21, 2012. Or, come for the soup and bread (sounds like it’ll be a steaming-bowl-of-soup-type of day).

Noon – 4:45pm

With Keynote: Gary Zimmer, “Feed the World”


Peace United Church of Christ, 1111 N. 11th Ave, Duluth, MN 55805.


All are welcome to participate in educational workshops and enjoy a local foods dinner of hearty winter soups and homemade bread.


Noon — Welcome and Registration.  Visit display tables.  Renew your membership.

Cost: $10.  $5 for SFA members.  Kids under 10 free.  Meal ticket an additional $5.

12:30 – Workshops (concurrent)

1. Interpreting Soil Test Results for Organic Soil Management – Allen Philo, Midwestern BioAg.

We have different soil labs, different opinions, different approaches. What common ground can we find? How can we use these tests effectively? Dividing out soil correction from crop fertilizer sure helps understand and simplify a fertility program. Learn and discuss a logical approach to nutrient management on farms from grazing to intensive vegetable farming.

2.Making Local Food Accessible Across the Income Spectrum – Jane Jewett, MISA.On-farm SNAP/EBT acceptance.    CSAs: SNAP/EBT and other options. Farmers’ Markets: WIC-FMNP and Senior FMNP vouchers, “Market Bucks”, other incentive programs, SNAP/EBT.    Food rescue:  gleaning operations, food shelves.    Examples of a variety of efforts happening across the country.

1:30 — Local Foods Dinner.   BYO soup bowl if you can.

2:30 — Business Meeting  (Elections, Budget, Discussions)

3:15 — Keynote Speaker Gary Zimmer “Feed the World” Starting with your local community… with nutrient rich, clean, high yielding crops. Can we do this organically? What is achievable? Gary’s presentation will be on successful farms around the country and what they have done to work toward this goal.  It’s a system of farming, certainly not a single silver bullet, but a ‘silver buckshot’ approach to success. You can’t violate the principles, the basics need to be addressed for a guaranteed success. This will be an upbeat, positive approach putting profit and fun into farming.

4:45 — Adjourn

For more info about the LS-SFA or to become a member, visit  http://www.lakesuperiorfarming.org/.

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Looking for a fresh start on the job front in the new year? Here’s an opportunity that is bound to be intense right about Harvest Festival time, but surely rewarding:

The Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association is seeking someone dedicated to our mission to help coordinate the activities of our member organization.

Coordinator of LSSFA is a paid contract position with two components: organizational work for LSSFA and organizing the Lake Superior Harvest Festival. The main responsibilities include maintaining and recruitment of membership, fundraising, promotion of LSSFA events, maintain LSSFA website, and edit the quarterly newsletter. This position requires the coordinator to use their own computer (PC) with internet connection; be competent in use of Excel, website management, and email marketing software. Must have reliable automotive transportation and flexible schedule. Experience in communications and fundraising is desired.

The Lake Superior Harvest Festival is LSSFA’s premier, visionary annual event that showcases agriculture and promotes local food production as a key component of healthy community, economy and the environment. The coordinator is responsible for all aspects of the festival including sponsorships, publicity, plan site layout and equipment needs, and management of vendors and exhibitors. The coordinator is assisted by the Harvest Festival Committee and the LSSFA board.

Contract pay for 2012 is $9,000. For a detailed job description and information on how to apply, please contact Jamie Zak at jamienels@yahoo.com or call 218-728-2687. This is an excellent opportunity for those seeking to make positive change in our local food system. See www.lssfa.org for more information on this organization.

Job search timeline

Post date – 12/20/11

Resume and Cover Letters due – 1/15/12

Interview Period – 1/17-19

Start Date – 2/1/12

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Stone’s Throw Farm’s Pick-Your-Own Day was this past Saturday and I enjoyed the company of a few dedicated farm members who picked their hearts out, helping me utilize the many green beans and cherry tomatoes ready at the moment. Unfortunately (typically!) I forgot my camera, so I wasn’t able to visually document all the fun you missed if you weren’t there. Trust me, though, there was a whole lot of pickin’ goin’ on.

I’m getting a little tired of my own company at the farm about now, so it was nice to have farm members around for that reason, too. My parents are on their way to Stone’s Throw Farm even as I type, so I’ll have no shortage of company this week, and the Harvest Festival is just around the corner; I’ll bring the farm to the people that day.

Even though a big farmers market can be a little too much company for this introvert, I’m kind of excited about this year’s Harvest Festival. It’s partly because I’ll now be a veteran at the Farmers Market and therefore a little more clued in about how things go there, and partly because the festival is free this year (I hope this means even more festival-goers) and it doesn’t start until 11 a.m.! This means we farmers won’t have to stay up so late the night before and get up so ridiculously early the day of in order to get everything harvested and to market. I think it’ll make for much bigger smiles behind the produce tables in the market.

If you can’t wait until Saturday, September 10, for a farmers market experience, check out UMD Market Day in the Plaza this Wednesday, particularly my friend Heather-Marie Bloom’s veggie, art, and jewelery table (Rising Phoenix Community Farm). A little bird told me Heather-Marie might be peddling her homemade chocolate beet cake this week as well — yum.

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