NWRSDP Happenings newsletter
Bemidji Community Food Shelf - Designed to Feed Members and the Community
By By Josh Larson
This story is one from a series of stories collected during NWRSDP's Most Significant Change evaluation project. I was involved in the initial conversations with Jack Judkins and Bill Beyer of the Bemidji Community Food Shelf when they decided to grow food to support the food shelf. I knew that they had moved to a new location which had more land so I asked Jack and Bill to meet with me to explain more of what they wanted to do. They said that it is always a challenge to provide food for people but that challenge had been increasing.
Creating Deep Relationships Lies in the Roots
By Chuck Schulstad
Barb and I were quite newly retired from our careers as elementary school educators. We retired to our Schulstad family century farm in 2003 and were actively involved with gardening and managing a U-pick raspberry patch. Berry pickers often noticed our garden next to the patch and ask if we had any produce for sale. At that time we had not considered raising produce in salable quantities, but the idea began to take shape.
University Collaboration Creates Lasting Change
By Virajita Singh, Senior Research Fellow, UMN College of Design
As we were beginning our design assistance work for greater MN and other communities (the program is now called Design for Community Resilience), Linda approached us about the Baudette project. This project became one of the projects we worked on with RSDP. Along with Linda and Joanne Kellner, the Depot Preservation Alliance (DPA) Representative, we discussed the possible needs of the project and outlined what we could offer through our Center for Sustainable Research.
Minnesota's Red River Valley, with some of the most fertile soil in the state, is home to a diverse cropping system that includes soybeans, corn, wheat, potatoes and sugar beets. Within this strong agricultural industry, new levels of diversity are emerging. Noreen Thomas is one of the family farmers focused on local food production and its role in sustaining rural communities.