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Wolf Ridge Organic Farm

The Wolf Ridge Organic Farm idea and planning began in 2009 with selection, testing, and design of the farm site in the Sawmill Creek valley below the Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center main campus in Finland Minnesota. Building began in 2012 with the construction of the first of three 30' x 96' high tunnels (NRCS & IRRRB grants), development of garden beds and clearing of 2.5 acres of land. During this time a certified processing facility was also constructed (MDA grant) for cleaning, cooling and preparing the vegetables for the cafeteria, followed by a timber frame shelter with pizza oven for classes, workshops and meals. A unique deer fence was completed in 2016 (USDA Farm to School grant)In 2018, the Wolf Ridge Farm provided over 4 tons of food to the school cafeteria, representing over $17,000 at wholesale organic prices. This represents about 17% (by value) of the total vegetables needed. We continue to expand our production to meet our goal:

to provide all of the vegetables and eggs

for the 160,000 school meals served each year.

 

The Wolf Ridge Organic Farm also hosts educational programs for the school groups who visit Wolf Ridge and a summer Farm Camp. Research is also a priority of the farm with projects on adjusting soil pH, milkweed and pollinators, and agrophenology. The farm will have a new manager during the winter of 2019

Round River Renewables LLC

As a consultation and sales branch of Round River Farm, Round River Renewables offers information and products associated with our experiences in off-grid living and sustainable technologies. We promote and sell only what we have personal experience with and look for ideas and products that are high quality, reliable and cost effective. We are available for consultation on all aspects of sustainable living, from site assessment to conservation practices and energy systems to greywater design.   Contact Us for more information.

AgroEcology Center

The AgroEcology Center in Finland Minnesota is a project of the Organic Consumers Association. David oversaw the development of this permaculture farm and educational center. The 13 acre parcel includes a house, barn and Deep Winter Greenhouse  (UofM grant). Under development are three acres of permaculture gardens with terraces, berms and swales enclosed by a wooden deer fence. The main office of Organic Consumers Association is on adjacent land and is the heartbeat of the farm. The center is now managed by Stefan Mayer and lives on site.

Related Projects

David is a Minnesota trainer for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) workshops being held around the country. David is also part of ongoing food systems work around the state, including an IRRRB Regional Food Assessment,  building off his previous research with the Western Lake Superior Food Carrying Capacity project.  Other research through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture includes a pH adjustment effectiveness trial and Integrating Livestock Profitably into a Fruit and Vegetable Operation.  Both David and Lise are active members and/or board members of various organizations, including  Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service (MOSES), Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association (LSSFA), and WaterLegacy.

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