Finding Food in Farm Country. Ken Meter. Crossroads Resource Center (Minneapolis). “From the Ground Up” Springfield, Minnesota April 8, 2004. Crossroads’ approach:. Better answers when local residents engaged Professionals serve resident needs. Crossroads’ approach:.
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Crossroads Resource Center (Minneapolis)
“From the Ground Up”
April 8, 2004
What do we learn if we take the view of the whole community?
Partners: Community Design Center & University of Minnesota
Houston, MN spent 2 years with no grocery store
Fragile, small food businesses are springing up all over
How to explain this?
Moreover, as farmers struggle...
All told, Southeast Minnesota...
Total loss is:
If local consumers bought only 15% of their food locally:
$45 millionof new farm income earned each year
Impact of the study...
Southeast Minnesota Farm Network
50 farms & processors work together
Goal: $250,000 sales in 2004
for all farms is $171 million
Two 2003 studies project the US will become a net food importer by 2007
Map courtesy of www.FoodRoutes.org
…Could Southwest Minnesota use a
“Finding Food in Farm Country” study?
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Media guide covering
community-based foods systems
W. K. Kellogg Foundation
farming & manufacturing income falls
Source: USDA in Willard Cochrane, The Development of American Agriculture
Southeast Minnesota Food Network
Six Iroquois Nations
Sunflower Fields Farm
California Alliance with Family Farms
Community Food Alliance
Federation of Southern Coops