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May 31, 2013

Community and Local Food Resource Website Launched

Media contact: Allison Sandve, U of M Extension,, (612) 626-4077; or Catherine Dehdashti, (612) 625-0237,

ST. PAUL (10/22/2012) —A new, tri-state collaboration has resulted in a website to assist rural community food system development.

Designed to support rural communities beginning to build local food systems, as well as those with more developed ones, the web site is It brings together the following organizations:
  • Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (University of Minnesota Extension)
  • North Dakota State University Extension Service
  • Buy Fresh Buy Local South Dakota
  • FARRMS, a non-profit based in Medina, N.D
"The release of this website coincides with the kick-off of a new season of farmers markets, CSAs and farm-to-institution programs," said Greg Schweser, community food systems planner for the University of Minnesota Extension's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships.

The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program's North Central division.

Researchers worked with rural Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota communities to identify needs and meet them through the website's tools and resources for farmers, community groups, Extension educators and others interested in local food systems. It will be useful to those working in local foods seeking production assistance, expanded marketing opportunities, developing stronger businesses, creating new sourcing options, educating citizens and crafting more beneficial public policies.

The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships support sustainable development throughout greater Minnesota in the areas of agriculture and food systems, clean energy, tourism and resilient communities, and natural resources by fostering community-university partnerships involving education, research, and outreach. The Partnerships are part of University of Minnesota Extension.
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