We are so excited to be having our friends from the south joining us at the 2nd Annual Growing Acres Conference! Join us for a conversation about developing strategies for local food systems that are both geographically and economically accessible, including an amazing project that joins a farmers market, church, food truck and community!
Forging a Path toward Food for All Jan Libbey, Executive Director, Healthy Harvest of North Iowa
Tahmyrah Lytle, Office Manager, First Church, United Church of Christ, Mason City
Sarah Enke, Social Worker, Community Health Center of Mason City – To be confirmed
What is a cut sheet and how do you complete one? If you market beef, goat, lamb and pork-we think you'll enjoy learning all about basic anatomy, discovering questions that you can ask at processing time & more with Emma Schroeder!
This is a presentation for farmers who direct market meat to their customers. Whether through a CSA or a farmers’ market, there is always a processor that you need to work with. The processor asks you, " what you would like done with the carcass". It’s time to fill out the cut sheet and the options looks vague like you should be able to read within the lines. To have confidence in this part makes the difference in knowing which parts to send to the grinder and ask for anything extra.
This presentation will educate, clarify and decode the cut sheets commonly used by processors for small farmers. We will cover basic anatomy, the marketability of beef, goat, lamb and pork cuts and recommended questions for processors. Through a brief lesson, educational handouts and plenty of time for questions and discussion, participants will leave with the confidence and additional knowledge they need to fill out a whichever cut sheet they come across.
We are so happy that Okey Ukaga will be joining us on Friday, February 15th to share what the University of Minnesota Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships is and how they work with partners on projects by connecting university faculty, students and other resources with the aim to improve economic, social and environment sustainability of greater Minnesota.
Where: Riverland Community College-Austin Campus West Building | 1900 8th Ave NW, Austin, MN 55912 When: Tuesday, May 22nd Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM with Optional Site Visit at 1:00 PM Cost: Free
Hazelnuts are an emerging new crop for the Upper Midwest with significant economic and environmental benefits. Through research, industry development, and outreach education the University of Minnesota Forever Green Initiative and the University of Wisconsin are working to create a sustainable hazelnut industry that will benefit growers, processors, culinary professionals and consumers.
Following the workshop, there will be an optional tour of a farm growing, harvesting and processing 18 acres of Upper Midwest hazelnuts. This event is intended for growers interested in learning more about production practices for Upper Midwest hazelnuts, but also for culinary professionals, small businesses and others who are interested in sourcing hazelnuts. Register on Eventbrite: http://bit.ly/GROWHazelnut