Farm to Table: Identifying and overcoming obstacles in creating a local food economy in your community
As a mother, farmer, employee at the Harborview Cafe, board member of the Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association (MFMA), and volunteer market manager of the Wabasha Farmers’ Market, nearly all of Sara George’s hours revolve around work within the food system. With this involvement, Sara has developed a unique model of aggregation of vendors’ produce for sale to local institutional buyers at her market and her work is also tackling some of the technical tools that can help with the procurement process for local specialty crops.
Her work shows that with creativity, challenges can be faced, obstacles can be overcome, and successful relationships within communities can be achieved. With her passion and experience, she shares how to create lasting relationships within communities that strengthen local economics and create economically viable options for both the farmers and the institutions they work with.
Sara George, MFMA, Wabasha Farmers Market, D & S Gardens
Sara George is a farmer at D & S Gardens, market manager at Wabasha Farmers Market, Vice President of the MN Farmers Market Association and employee of a local restaurant, Harbor View Cafe, that uses as much produce from the local farms as they can. In her community, she has researched obstacles farmers face in supplying to institutions and has worked to overcome those by partnering with local and state partners.