Workshop Community Owned Agriculture (COA)-- A Step Beyond the CSA

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Workshop date(s) & time(s): 
Monday, March 15, 2010 - 18:30 - 20:00

Community Owned Agriculture (COA)--A Step Beyond the CSA

Monday, March 15, 6:30 to 8 pm
Merriam Park Library,
1831 Marshall Ave., St. Paul

How can city folks farm in the country?  What would it take to become a food producer on actual farmland, without living in the country?  And why would city folks want to do this, when they can grow food at a community garden close to home, or contract with a CSA farmer, or shop at a farmer’s market?

Some reasons:

*  To produce essential crops that need more acreage than the city usually provides, such as grains
*  To actually own production on a long-term lease or purchase of the land
*  To invest assets into real, productive property
*  To become part of a group that works together based on interest and investment, without necessarily doing farm work
*  To participate in a new type of land and farming reform
*  To opt further out of the industrial agriculture system
*  To slowly learn the essentials of farming, if desired, for future purposes

This workshop presents a new concept in farming--how to become a co-producer, with others, of food on agricultural land leased or purchased by the group.  It describes the first COA effort and how to participate in it.

Presenters: Wilhelm and Leslie Reindl

Wilhelm grew up on and ran a small dairy farm in southern Germany in the 1960s; Leslie was a board member of the Minnesota Food Assocation in the 1990s and has been active in agricultural issues ever since.  They live in St. Paul but also own and garden on an ex-dairy farm in Wisconsin.

Sponsored by Wilderness Connections, St. Paul
FFI [email protected], 651-633-4410

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