- The Central Chapter has 72 current members
- 32 attended our annual meeting in Browerville
- 83 people attended the forage council meeting at Central Lakes College
- The Back-to-Basics event in Pine River and the SFA Annual Conference in St. Joseph provided many networking opportunities.
The Central Chapter board of directors is in the process of drafting goals and strategies for our chapter in 2014 and beyond. We're looking for a better grasp on where we're going and how we're going to get there. Items to work on include chapter events like Festival of Farms on Saturday, July 12 and the Barter & Fermentation Celebration on September 20, as well as additional workshops, activities, and fundraising.
If you have ideas you would like to share, or if you would like to be a part of these discussions, please contact Bryan Simon at email@example.com.
WELCOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS
Central Chapter welcomed a new coordinator in 2013. Lisa Baker lives near Avon, and owns and operates Bakers’ Acres with the help of her parents. Lisa worked in the city at a desk job for some years when she decided, as she explained to me, that yes, she was earning money, but something else was lacking. With that feeling behind her actions, she purchased fifteen acres near her parents’ home and started the adventure of learning to grow food.
Bakers Acres’ now markets CSA shares, poultry, eggs, and grass-fed beef. She now has a high tunnel to increase her vegetable production. Her website with some great photos can be viewed at www.bakersacresfarm.com. Lisa works for the Central Chapter and also assists the statewide Sustainable Farming Association with various projects. We look forward to sharing in Lisa’s energy, creativity, and expertise this exciting new year.
Reality Greenhouse Open House - Paradox Farm, Ashby - March 8
Explore the potential of deep winter greens and fodder production utilizing passive solar with underground heat storage. Cost: $10 SFA members, $12 non-members ($20/24 family). Register here.
Organic Management Workshop for gardens, seasonal high tunnels and hoop houses – Verndale – March 21
Verndale Community Center
Learn about pest management, soil nutrients, succession planting, hoop house variety options, and water needs and application. There will be booths and door prizes! Cost: $8 early-bird by March 15th ($6 for SFA members). $12 at the door ($10 SFA members). Download the registration brochure here.
Local Foods College 2014
Festival of Farms 2014 – July 12
Barter & Fermentation Celebration – Hewitt – September 20
As a member, you get discounted registration at events statewide, this chapter newsletter as well as statewide communications, plus networked into the farmers and supporters in your region.
Is your membership current? Watch for our membership renewal campaign and re-join if your membership has lapsed.
Or if you’re not a member, consider contributing to your Central Chapter. Membership funds are used for farmer-to-farmer networking and educational events in your area.
Membership info can be found here. Be sure to select “Central Chapter” when you register so that you get all of the communications specific to your region.