The South Dakota Department of Agriculture, Dakota Rural Action, Buy Fresh Buy Local SD, and the SD Cooperative Extension are all teaming up to hold a South Dakota Local Foods Conference, November 11th and 12th at the Huron Events Center in Huron, SD.
Friday break-out sessions include discussions on farmers markets, high tunnels, value-added, food safety, farm to school, and Buy Fresh Buy Local. Saturday focuses on GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) training–good for all producers, but especially important for producers looking to sell to institutions or through distributors.
Contact Alison Kiesz at the SD Dept. of Ag for more information or to register: (605) 626-3272 or email@example.com.
From the press release:
Value Added Agriculture Development Center and Buy Fresh Buy Local are conducting a series of meetings to evaluate the potential for local food distribution. The goal is to establish systems to aggregate, process, package and distribute local foods in South Dakota.
All consumers, producers, famers, businesses, schools and institutions interested in expanding the availability of local foods are invited to attend.
Vermillion’s meeting is tonight, December 13, 2010, 8:00 pm at the Vermillion Public Library, 18 Church Street.
And since I serendipitously happen to be in town on other business, I hope to see you there!
Just a reminder that tomorrow–Labor Day Monday–is the Vermillion Community Eat-In. It starts at 5pm at the Armory, and promises to be a blast!
Bring a potluck dish–preferably one made with local foods and/or not highly processed.
I’m not sure what I’ll be making yet–it’ll likely be a matter of cruising the gardens to see what looks good and what sparks my creative cooking urges!
As part of Slow Food International, and in partnership with Buy Fresh Buy Local – South Dakota, we are hosting a community-wide pot luck on Labor Day, September 7 from 5:00-7:30 at the National Guard Armory (603 Princeton).
This Eat-In is one of hundreds taking place on the same date across the nation to promote healthy, real food in schools and draw attention to the Child Nutrition Act, up for reauthorization this year. There will be kids activities, vendors with local produce, and lots of food. Come out for a great time with family and friends.
Bring a dish, preferably one that is made from local foods and/or is not highly processed. If you have a recipe for local foods in mind, send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion in a free recipe book to be available at the pot luck.
For more information, check us out on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/event.php?eid=116497442359&ref=mf or at http://www.slowfoodusa.org/index.php/campaign/time_for_lunch-detail/vermillion_sd_eat_in/.
I was looking at my incoming links and saw that Erin Heidelberger of Prairie Roots weblog referenced the interview she did with me wherein I mentioned this Buy Fresh, Buy Local campaign.
So, I checked out her post about these local food meetings around eastern SD, and remembered that I’d just heard about where and when Vermillion’s would be (I got two postcards about the one in Sioux Falls–the one in Vermillion I heard about third hand–what???).
Anyhow–if you’re interested in a collective local food branding/marketing venture in the Vermillion area–our meeting will be at the Buffalo Run Winery, 7pm, May 29.
See you there!