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Farmland Access & Transitions: Did you know the average age of a farmland owner is over 70 - and that the average age of the farmer on that land is nearly 60? In the next decade we will need 100,000 new farmers just to replace the ones we have now who intend to retire. At the same time, a growing number of beginning farmers want to farm, but access to land and capital are major barriers to success. We are seeing a huge farmland shift in ownership and we are working with family farmers to try and ensure that the farms get into the hands of beginning farmers in a way that balances future success and maximum profit.
We're in the midst of a multi-year project to connect all of those working on this issue in the Upper Midwest, and to help beginning farmers navigate the web of barriers and opportunities. We've reached over 200 beginning farmers with our farmland access trainings already, and assisted dozens of farmers with finding secure farmland.
Local Foods: Our Farm to Cafeteria workshops were once again held in early 2020. Now reaching over 30 communities and hundreds of farmers and buyers over the last decade with skill and connection building! Many of those were school districts, food trucks, chefs and other wholesale buyers who are actively seeking farmers in their regions to provide healthy local food. We continue to work with communities across Minnesota on innovative, farmers-market based aggregation methods.
And don't miss our seventh annual FEAST! Tradeshow & Marketplace on Saturday, December 6th highlighting food makers using local ingredients - with virtual and socially distanced ways to connect!
Events & Public Education: We've had the pleasure of meeting you for over a decade now at the Healthy Local Food exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair. This year, we shifted virtual when the Fair was cancelled, as we also have with our Farm to Early Care & Education programming.
And so much more!
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Jan Joannides, Executive Director
Staff and Board of Directors of Renewing the Countryside