S.D. Local Foods Coalition ~ March 2024 Update

The South Dakota Local Foods Coalition held an online meeting on March 19, 2024. 

Sub-Committee Reports

  • Farm to School Sub-Committee
  • Local Foods Conference Planning Sub-Committee
    • Currently reviewing and selecting a venue for the 2024 conference
    • Close to finalizing the date for the 2024 conference
    • Considering a pre-conference educational event about either Farm-to-School or Land Access topics
    • The next conference planning meeting is April 8 at 3:00 p.m. (central time)

Other Updates

SD Organic Agriculture Conference?

The group welcomed Pete Sexton of SDSU Southeast Research Farm near Beresford, SD.  This discussion centered around the concept of a new South Dakota Organic Agriculture Conference.  Krysti Mikkonen (Executive Director, Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society) provided information about the Northern Plains Food & Farming Conference and supported the concept. Rhoda Burrows (SDSU Extension) updated the group about the progress in filling a new SDSU position focusing on organic agriculture and expressed support for the concept. S.D. Specialty Producers Association (SDSPA) representatives updated the group about the recent formation of a new Organic sub-chapter within SDSPA.  The entire meeting group seemed warm to this concept and agreed to discuss it in more detail at a future meeting.

New Grants and Resources Group

A new Facebook group, SDLFC – Grants and Resources, was created to share opportunities and grant education tailored for producers and agriculture professionals.  Please check it out!

SD Local Foods Coalition meetings are scheduled for the third Tuesday of every other month at 1:00 p.m. (mountain time). The next meeting is Tues., May 21, 2024.