Sustainable Food Systems Curriculum
This ten-class curriculum was created for the Northland Food & Farming Initiative, sponsored by the Sustainable Development Partnership of Northeastern Minnesota. Its purpose is to build awareness of sustainable food and farming issues by providing hands-on, passionate, farmer to student curriculum to increase basic food literacy and provide consumers a more sophisticated understanding of the economics of our food system, effects of the food system on rural communities, the history of our regional food system, and general health and food quality issues. For more information Contact Us
The Rhubarb Preservation Project
We affectionally refer to this endeavor as our "Rah! Rah! Rhubarb!" project. This effort works to maintain the genetic base of this unique food plant that thrives in northern climates but is under-appreciated in modern agriculture. Over 2,000 years ago rhubarb was found in the western and northwestern provinces of China and the adjoining Tibetan territory where it was originally cultivated for its medicinal qualities. Since the 18th century, it has been grown for eating. Rhubarb is commonly referred to as a fruit, but it is actually a vegetable. It is rich in vitamin C and dietary fiber and initial tests have found that it can lower cholesterol. We currently maintain samples of 44 of the 162 known varieties of rhubarb. Occasionally, when we divide crowns, some are available for other interested growers. Contact Us for more information.