A full day of touring 11 farms in the Twin Cities area. Taking a tour to experience and learn the food-farm connection. Seeing where our food comes from while understanding why these places do what they do and have been doing for years.
I ventured to Big River Farm/ Minnesota Food Association, a nonprofit organization located in Marine on St. Croix, MN. They are dedicated to growing farmers and growing food. Their program operates an immigrant/minority farmer training program together with community supported agriculture and wholesale distribution services. They teach the people how to farm to maintain what they are farming successfully. The program usually takes 3 years to get to where they are knowledgeable enough to make a living off of the farming. With that they learn marketing skills, customer relationships, and well grown fresh organic produce.
It was peaceful, quiet, and hot. A perfect home for vegetables to grow and for me to use my senses. My nose picked up the smell of dill right away, my mouth pooled with saliva as I starred at the red juicy strawberries, my eyes saw a green pasture of vegetables and the cutest little eggplant growing, and finally my ears could hear nothing but the sound of the wind blowing along through nature….