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We model a resilient future on our 100-acre farm near Northfield, Minnesota. In 2016, we acquired the degraded corn-on-corn farmland and are restoring it to health by keeping the soil covered, planting perennials, cleaning up waterways, adding wetlands and more. We are also working to improve production and developing markets for perennial crops such as elderflowers and hazelnuts, and conducting on-farm research to improve the profitability of poultry.
Creating a Shared Economy
We provide bilingual training in poultry-centered perennial agriculture. Community members use the chicken coops on our farm to raise their own flocks, which are then sold through our CSA (community-supported agriculture). Local multigenerational families use garden plots to grow their own food for home consumption or for sale. We also provide low-cost perennials from our nurseries to area farmers and share our farm equipment with our neighbors.
Advancing Equity Through Innovation
We provide employment for people of color to connect their neighbors to policies that help advance healthy food access. We build urban-rural partnerships with an equity lens through our work with Twin Cities-area groups and local food security partners. As farmland and financial resources accumulate in the hands of those who already have much, we are innovating approaches that are more equitable to all. We have partnered with Dakota County, Minnesota, to test a pilot easement program that will keep marginal lands in active perennial agricultural production. We work with individual farmers to secure land and patient financing.
Building Land Leaders
A growing number of farmers and farmland owners are using their land to address our most serious issues, including the climate crisis. We have created a hub of those folks, who work together to share what they are learning about how to use perennial agriculture to address our increasingly volatile world. We partner with scientists and technical service providers to document the climate benefits of our farm’s path to resiliency and the enhanced water quality and habitat that results from perennial agriculture. We and other Climate Land Leaders are sharing our farm’s path to resilience widely and recruiting others to join us.