SDSPA Hosts 2023 Annual Membership Meeting

SDSPA provided a summary of the many projects they are working on through specialty crop block grants and the NRCS partnership agreement.

SDSPA hosted their annual meeting at Drifters in Ft. Pierre, with a focus on aggregation on March 21, 2023.

The morning of the event, updates were given from partner agencies. Rachel Frei gave an overview of NRCS and updates on Urban Agriculture, Timothy Schoonhoven, SDANR, gave an update that focused on specialty crop block grants and the local food purchase assistance program happening with Feeding South Dakota, Jeff Stewart gave a legislative update, Rhoda Burrows gave an update from SDSU Extension, and the Department of Tourism reminded that those interested in being a part of this year’s AgritrouismSD program should reach out right away to see if space is still available.

During our annual meeting portion of the event, a summary was given of the many projects that SDSPA has been working on through specialty crop block grants and the NRCS partnership agreement. An election was held to fill positions for expired terms, and approved for the 2023 board were Lindsey Hofman, Sam Heikes, Tanner Delannoy, and Jason Chick.

After the lunch, City Commons CSA presented on their multi-farm CSA. Based in Detroit, Michigan, Alice shared how she and other producers share the workload of a CSA. She gave an overview of the many advantages of this system, while also advising on considerations that producers need to consider. For instance, although working together allows everyone to take a break, the ability to make decisions is substantially slower when working with other farms.

For those who missed the presentation, or would like to watch it again, a recording can be found here: Multi-Farm CSA Presentation.