Minnesota

Minnesota’s Land Stewardship Project founded in 1982 “to foster an ethic of stewardship for farmland” provides a directory of 58 csa farms, which share a commitment to sustainable agriculture: www.landstewardshipproject.org

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a growing movement in America, which has provided economic support and predictability to farmers, practicing traditional family farming, that they will be able to continue to farm, and that communities will be able to enjoy fresh, local farm products.  Partnering with local farms by purchasing a “share” in the season’s harvest, consumers can know where their food is coming from and have the satisfaction of supporting local agriculture.

Participants, who purchase their shares early in the season, provide the farmer with a stable income, and in return they receive a weekly supply of fresh local farm products.  This concept of Community Supported Agriculture was introduced into the United States in 1985 by Robyn Van En, who farmed in South Egremont, Massachusetts.  She learned of the concept from a Swiss friend, Jan Vander Tuin, and within 4 years her farm’s original membership of 30 shares grew to 150.

Wilson College in Chambersberg, Pennsylvania has established the Robyn Van En Center in honor of Ms. Van En who died in 1997.  The Robyn Van En Center maintains a data base of Community Supported Agriculture farms, now numbering over 1400 farms,  which is easily searched.  CLICK HERE to search for a CSA farm convenient to your home using this directory.

A Community Supported Agriculture directory of farms is also currently under construction for this website.  This directory will provide detailed information on CSA farms, which have established a commitment to produce their farm products using organic methods, without the use of harmful chemicals, genetic engineering or any synthetics, and which show care for the health of people, animals, land and water.  Please send information on CSA farms which meet this standard by visiting the contact us page.

Bovey (Itasca County)

Balsam Lake Farms CSA [Katherine & Ron Block]
25367 Co Rd 51
218.245.1720
www.facebook.com/balsamlakefarms

Felton (Clay County)

Kragnes Family Farm [Ben & Tyne Kragnes]
10600 60th Street N
218.234.7894
Pickup sites also in Moorhead & Detroit Lakes (in Minnesota) and in Fargo & South Fargo (in North Dakota)
www.kragnesfamilyfarms.com

Fergus Falls (Otter Trail County)

Blue Bird Gardens [Mark & Diane Boen]
26060 Co. Hwy 18
Pickup sites also in Amor Park, Barnesville, Battle Lake, Breckenridge, Detroit Lakes, Elbow Lake, Frazee, Otter Tail City, Pelican Rapids, Perham, Rickville, Rothsay Underwood & Vergas (in Minnesota)  and in Fargo & Wahpeton (in North Dakota)
www.bluebirdgardens.net

Northfield (Rice County)

Bossy Acres CSA [Elizabeth Millard & Karla Pankow]
3680 290th St. W
616.915.9027
http://bossyacres.com

Prior Lake (Scott County)

Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux (Dakota) Community’s Tribal Supported Agriculture (TSA) “Wozupi” (Garden) [Rebecca Yoshino]
County Road 42 near intersection with County Road 83
952.445.8900
General public is welcome to become a member of the TSA program
www.shakopeedakota.org

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