Monthly Archives: May 2016

Does a Multi-Farm CSA Need a License?

It depends. The right to sell products that you raise on your property (either owned or leased) without a license is protected by the Constitution of the State of Minnesota, Article 13, Section 7: https://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/constitution/#article_13 If all of the farmers … Continue reading

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What is being done to address the decline of nutrients in our fruits and vegetables?

The underlying problem is that of soil erosion and loss of topsoil.  This is a serious situation that is getting a lot of attention from us and our colleagues.  MISA has a formal partnership with the Sustainable Farming Association of … Continue reading

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Environmental impact of livestock production

At MISA, we prefer a nuanced discussion of the role of livestock in agriculture and the environment. Here’s the very quick-and-dirty sketch of our thinking on this topic: – The major water quality problems in surface waters that receive agricultural runoff … Continue reading

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Non-GMO Farming

Questions: I am having trouble locating specific information on non-GMO crop farming. I would like to locate resources that would help me evaluate and consider moving farms (including my own) into raising non-GMO field crops in Minnesota.   Are their certifications … Continue reading

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Laws and regulations for road side stands

Question: I’m wondering if you have any information regarding laws and regulations of road side stands. For instance, are there polices that forbid people living in the city to sell their homegrown produce in their drive way (like a garage … Continue reading

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We have land we want to rent/sell to farmers

You might be interested in the Farm Transitions Toolkit that Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture and Land Stewardship Project put together a couple of years ago — it has information about tools and considerations for handing off farmland to new … Continue reading

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City zoning prohibits my agricultural activity

Obtain a copy of the city zoning ordinances and look through them to see if you can find some wiggle room that the city inspectors didn’t notice.  Typically these are set up as a matrix that have a long list of potential … Continue reading

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Want to purchase meat that does not support CAFOs

Request: I do not want to support a CAFO with my meat purchases. I would like to purchase beef and chicken from a farmer in the Midwest who utilizes a mobile processing unit. Can you provide me with any resources … Continue reading

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Seeking Train-the-Trainer Course in Food Preservation

South Dakota State University has some great online self-study materials: http://igrow.org/healthy-families/food-safety/home-food-preservation-self-study-course/

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Farm Transitions: Legal Transfer of Land to Offspring

There is a Farm Transitions Toolkit that you might find helpful.  It is a general overview but contains good background information that can help you know the language and what questions to ask when you talk to lawyers, financial counselors, etc. … Continue reading

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