Local Food

Jill and Rob Hietala

If you've ever wanted to find out where local food comes from, or if you're interested in becoming a local grower yourself, there's an opportunity to visit Floodwood River Farm between 9 and 11 a.m. this Saturday morning as part of the 4th Annual Iron Range Harvest Festival.

http://www.orrcenter.com/self-sustainability

This week on the Border News Roundup Timberjay editor Marshall Helmberger told us about ambitious and innovative Orr Recreation and Resource Center.  They are using an old school building to explore sustainability, alternative energies and local food including aquaponics.  The Homesteading and Sustainability Expo is August 19th & 20th. 

Grand Rapids Herald Review

This Wednesday morning on our Local Food segment local garlic farmer and Grand Rapids Farmers market vendor Jesse Davis stopped by.  He's also the Member Services Manager for the MN Farmers Market Association and he told us what's going on for National Farmers Market Week.  Check out Jesse's weekly column for the Grand Rapids Herald Review here:

Jason Helstrom's pastures have so much grass "we don't know what to do with it." It's the result of a  grazing practice he uses on Helstrom Farm in Hibbing  that mimics the eating, trampling and fertilizing actions of the thousands of bison that built the great prairies of this country as they followed the grass through the seasons.

Matt Ratliff

Matt Ratliff uses his horticulture background to help manage his family farm, Fruits, Nuts and Vegetable Farms LLC in Fort Ripley MN, where he and his wife Chrissy raise non-GMO heirloom produce and fruit trees.

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