Happy Dancing Turtle is working on a feasibility study funded by a MN Dept of AG grant. The purpose of this study is to assess the economic viability of a local food facility for value-added processing. In addition, the facility would work to increase awareness of the economic, ecological, and health benefits of local food.
We are looking for input from food entrepreneurs, growers, and aspiring growers. We put together a survey in order to gauge input about the services needed in the area and to help assess the financial feasibility of a local foods facility/center.
Please take a moment to complete the survey if you are currently, or would like to be, a local food entrepreneur or grower. Also, PLEASE forward the survey to others. We're looking for the views of established growers but also those who aspire to be a local grower.
The survey will take only a few minutes, but all who complete it can be entered into a drawing for a free admission to the 10th annual Back to Basics, taking place January 23, 2016.
Mushrooms Classes All Around
April is the first month of the year in Minnesota where winter starts to think about turning into spring. It's also the time of year where wild mushrooms begin to flourish. If you don't have your mushroom logs inoculated from last year
, going on a mushroom hunt
can be a great way to get your mushroom fix. Yet, going out to forage your own mushrooms can be a test of patience.
Fear not! There are several classes coming up that will get you on your way to cultivating your very own fungal delicacies. At the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd on Saturday, April 18, the people of Fruits, Nuts & Vegetable Farms are hosting a class
that will go over the basics of mushroom hunting and then go into the nitty gritty of shitake mushroom inoculation. Northland Arboretum will be hosting Wild Edibles Mushroom workshop
on August 23. You'll learn to discern between safe and dangerous mushrooms in the wild. If you're interested in foraging wild mushrooms, this is a workshop you'll want to attend.
Pine River Market Square Vendor Meeting
Mark your calendars for Tuesday, April 28 at 6pm at the Hunt Utilities Group Resilient Living Campus.
If you are a past, present, or prospective vendor for the Pine River Market Square
, come meet the board and discuss the market. This is a great way to get all the information to decide if you want to be a vendor for PRMS. We'll get started at 6:30.
Special guest, Sarah Foltz Jordan from The Xerces Society
, will highlight the ways to support pollinators and beneficial insects. Her presentation will be open to the public starting at 7pm. The Xerces Society is a non-profit organization that for forty years has been dedicated to protecting invertebrates and their habitat. See you then!