SFA Crow River Chapter hosting Festival of Farms in Minnesota

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The Sustainable Farming Association is hosting its annual Festival of Farms events July 12 at locations around Minnesota. Festival of Farms is an opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture, network within the community, and have fun, all with the goal of building a unified sense of SFA’s presence in communities across Minnesota.

The SFA Crow River Chapter will host two sets of farm tours at three different farms in the Hutchinson area – tours are set for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 12 at these farms:

• The Farm of Minnesota, Dan and Donna Moe, 24618 State Hwy 15, Hutchinson. The Farm of Minnesota offers CSA shares, fresh produce at farmers markets, service to local restaurants and co-ops – and you can get their fruits and vegetables right there at the farm.

• New Story Farm, Daniel Zetah & Stephanie Usery, 19778 235th St, Hutchinson. Farmer/operators Daniel Zetah and Stephanie Usery are actively working toward forming a “cooperative farming village,” a place where others with similar values and visions can work cooperatively on diverse endeavors.

• Living Song Farm, Jerry Ford & Mariénne Kreitlow, 7616 25th St. SW, Howard Lake. Living Song Farm operates on land that has been in the Kreitlow family since 1898. Of the family’s 288 acres, Jerry and Mariénne have 70 acres in transition to certified organic, where they are managing 40 acres of rotational grazing for cattle and pastured laying hens, and growing garlic, onions and potatoes for market.

The event is free and open to the public; no registration is required. For more information about this and all other 2014 SFA Festival of Farms events, visit www.sfa-mn.org/festival-of-farms.