Direct-Market Successes IV
A Midwest Homecoming Conference Session
Individual presentations from the Direct-Market Successes IV session were:
I. Farm to School Success Story
Learn about a farm-to-school project that had students growing vegetables for the school cafeteria. Students presented their work to local media and to federal policymakers, linking diets to academic performance.
Henning Sehmsdorf, S&S Center for Sustainable Agriculture/Homestead Farm on Lopez Island
II. Green Routes
To foster economic development, a group of NGO's developed a statewide green tourism initiative in Minnesota, directing visitors to locally grown food and locally made products. Learn from their experiences developing community case studies, a website and cookbook.
Jan Joannides, Renewing the Countryside
III. Locally Grown, Locally Good
This comprehensive community effort helps Illinois and Missouri farmers market their products by providing information to consumers, restaurants and retail outlets on the availability, nutritional aspects, economic and environmental impacts of buying local. Hear the highlights!
Carrie Edgar, University of Illinois Extension
IV. Sharing CSA: A Collaborative Model
Surveying members of a collaborative community supported agriculture effort found that farmers benefited from sharing production risks, stabilizing income and expanding farm-based businesses, among other things. Discuss the results!
Corry Bregendahl, North Central Regional Center for Rural Development
This session was part of the national SARE conference A Midwest Homecoming, held August 15-17, 2006 in Oconomowoc, Wisc.
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