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Saturday, January 25 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Creative Ways to Improve Local Food Access in Rural Areas

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"Building a Virtual On-line Food Hub for Small Scale Sustainable Farms in Rural Areas”is a presentation on how we built an online farmers market in North Branch, Minnesota with potential and still growing outreach to East Central Minnesota. We will discuss what we learned from our experience, how we measured success and failure, and some of the challenges of an urban style pro-organic online project in rural corn-and- soy farm country which continues to suffer an organic farming food desert.  The North Circle project is designed to create a local rural food system supporting small-scale family farms using organic and regenerative growing methods, supported by surrounding communities in North Branch, Cambridge, Isanti, Wyoming, Center City, Taylors Falls, Almelund, and Stark Minnesota. We are growing food and community together.


Jacquelyn N. Zita

Jacquelyn N. Zita is professor emerita from University of Minnesota and currently works for the Women's Environmental Institute (WEI) as Farm Manager for WEI's Amador Hill Farm and Orchard, Director of Education for WEI's Down to Earth: Sustainability and Justice Education Program... Read More →

Ren Olive

Ren Olive spends their time at work supporting produce farmers and rural grocery stores as the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Program Associate for the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (RSDP), working throughout greater Minnesota... Read More →

Saturday January 25, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm CST
Embassy A