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NE Minnesota Local Food and Farming Project Request for Proposals

The Northland Food Network is requesting proposals for projects that will create greater capacity for growing, processing, or accessing local food in Northeast Minnesota. Selected projects will present at a virtual (Zoom) community event on February 19th, where community members will have the chance to ask questions about your project and vote on what projects they'd like to see implemented in NE Minnesota.

The top projects will receive:

  • Flexible "seed" funding

  • Feedback and support form local food system advocates, experts, and business advisors

  • Project promotion and access to resources, including additional financial support

  • Food and/or farm business mentoring

The RFP can be found by clicking HERE. RFPs are due by 11:59pm CST on January 22, 2020. Email RFPs to kelsey.gantzer@aeoa.org. Please share this opportunity with your networks!

Our next Northland Food Network meeting is scheduled
for Wed, January 13th from 4:00-5:00PM.

Help us plan our 2021 Meeting Topics by taking this 2 minute survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfmNK8NTbM-ZnPbn5R5KrPVZp6lIC7_tAoJm-LNgpVJJ32O0A/viewform

Click to join via Zoom
or join by phone: 346-248-7799

December Meeting Minutes

New Northland Food Network Resources on Arrowhead Grown Website

Now on www.arrowheadgrown.org, we have a Food and Farm Resources page. We hope to use this page as a directory for all of the wonderful resources in our region, state, and nationally. If you have any edits, please email BRAN1351@umn.edu.

The Forest Assisted Migration Project (FAMP) is also sharing their research and resources on www.arrowheadgrown.org. What is FAMP? The Northwoods are experiencing dramatic change, and many northern tree species are dying. Within 50 years, without any intervention, researchers predict that the landscape in northeastern Minnesota will become mostly open grasslands. If this happens, our regional economy, culture, wildlife and all that depend on the forest will be permanently changed.

The Forest Assisted Migration Project (FAMP) is attempting to address these challenges. FAMP aims to re-establish a resilient northern forest and bolster the regional economy by Collecting tree seeds, Forming the Farm and Forest Collaborative and Establishing partnerships and seedling purchase agreements. Learn more.

Network Discussion

Resources shared by Northland Food Network members over the past month on the Northland Food Network Facebook group. Not on Facebook? Send your information to kelsey.gantzer@aeoa.org to be included in next month’s newsletter. 

EVENTS

GRANTS & SCHOLARSHIPS

NEWS

  • CSA Farmers: List your farm on the Land Stewardship Project’s 2021 CSA Farm Directory. Sign up here.

  • Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association (LSSFA) has a new Roots and Recipes website.

  • Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and partners at the University of Minnesota (UMN) have received a USDA grant "to engage farmers and agriculture businesses in marketing their products more effectively both locally and regionally." Learn more. 

  • Minnesota Grown is renewing and welcoming new members for 2021. Learn more.

What is the Northland Food Network?

The Northland Food Network supports regional food production, access, and education to improve the health and resiliency of the Northland’s people, economy, and environment.

Goal: Produce and consume 25% local food by 2025
Action Steps:

  • Improve Access to Capital

  • Create a regional Vision

  • Encourage More Producers

  • Increase Farm-To-School

  • Impact Legislation

Join us! Connect with others in the region who are working to increase local food production and consumption. Together, let’s create the networks of support that ensure long-term sustainable food access in NE MN.

We meet on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 4pm-5pm via Zoom.

For more information, contact David Abazs dwabazs@umn.edu or Brian Bluhm atbluhmb@stlouiscountymn.gov

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