All people are invited to attend the 4th Annual Festival of Farms on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at the Farm Market Café in Onamia, hosted by the Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) of Central Minnesota. Admission is charged to attend. SFA Members receive $5 off adult admission. Admission covers breakfast, lunch, two farm tours, kids activities, presentations and live music.
“The Festival of Farms is a family-friendly event with local Chapters of SFA hosting field days and providing farmer-to-farmer and farmer-to-consumer networking opportunities throughout Minnesota” said Jim Chamberlin, SFA Board Member from Deerwood. “On July 13, we will showcase family farms that use environmentally and economically sound agricultural practices.”
Preregistration is available by visiting www.sfa-mn.org/central or by calling SFA Coordinator Robert Bauer at (218) 296-6732. Registration is also available at the event.
- 8:30 am Registration; Beverages, Muffins
- 9:00 am Presentation: “Farm Market Café Business Model”
- 10:00 am Tour: Farm Market Café High Tunnel
- 11:00 am Tour: Eller Family Farm/Dutch Fury Farm
- 1:00 pm Lunch: Box-Picnic, Farm Market Café
- Entertainment by Alan Lee & Friends (Country /w a little bit of Blues)
- 2:00 pm Tour: Dutch Fury Farm/Eller Family Farm
- 4:00 pm Presentation: “Soil Health” by Shannon Carpenter, Mille Lacs NRCS
- 5:00 pm Dinner: at the Café (on your own)
“The Farm Market Café’s goal is to serve products from local farmers to our customers. The Café serves locally grown products that are produced without pesticides: fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats, wild rice, maple syrup, honey, as well as fresh roasted coffee and fresh baked bread. We believe that everyone deserves to eat well. Our guests on July 13th will experience the best food that local farmers have to offer,” said Barb Eller with the Farm Market Café, LLC.
The event is made possible by the support of the Farm Market Café and festival sponsors: Minnesota Grown Program, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA), North Central Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NC-SARE), Northwoods Forestry Co-Op of Aitkin, Mille Lacs Soil and Water Conservation District, Mille Lacs USDA-NRCS, Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships, Mille Lacs Lake Watershed Management Organization, and Agnew Hardware Hank of Onamia.