Sharing Our Roots

A nonprofit organization

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Sharing Our Roots exists to…

  • Innovate a path toward a more just, resilient and healthy food system (building local wealth and food security);
  • Welcome, support, and value the expertise of immigrant, low income, new, and transitioning farmers in a shared economy; and
  • Demonstrate perennial agriculture’s capacity to heal the land and care for community.

We do this by:

Modeling Resiliency

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, and adding wetlands. We are also working to improve production and developing markets for 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 local food security groups. Our farmland ownership structure is a national model. We have partnered with Dakota County, MN, 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 (including with Compeer, Iroquois Valley Farmland REIT and Shared Capital Cooperative).

Building Land Leaders

A growing number of farmers and farmland owners are using their land to address the climate crisis. We have created a hub of those folks, who work together to share best practices. 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.

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Organization name

Sharing Our Roots

Tax id (EIN)

20-1788275

Categories

Education Environment Health Community Economic Development

BIPOC community

BIPOC serving

Address

4905 315th St. W
Northfield, MN 55057

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