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Bemidji is interactive site for food conference
Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

"The Home Grown Economy 2010," a conference on building community-based food systems, will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minn., with interactive video sessions at Bemidji and three other locations.

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The conference is sponsored by U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson, DFL, 7th District, who will deliver a presentation during a local food and wine sampler showcase from 5-8 pm. Feb. 15 at SCSU.

The satellite locations for the Feb. 16 conference will be Bemidji State University, University of Minnesota-Crookston, University of Minnesota-Morris and Minnesota State Technical College in Fergus Falls.

The conference will begin at 7:30 a.m. with registration, followed by a welcome at each site and presentations by Peterson and Tom Vilsack, U.S. secretary of agriculture.

Ken Meier of Crossroads Resource Center will do a presentation on "Nurturing Economic Recovery Through Home Grown Foods" and community-based food system innovators will be featured in morning sessions.

After lunch, each local site will feature panels and facilitated participant discussions, followed by an interactive wrap-up with Colleen Landkammer, USDA Rural Development state director.

The Bemidji discussion topic will be "Improving Your Community with Local Food: It's All About Jobs," with Del Moen, chair of Stimulating Economic Progress. Moen will discuss Harvest Thyme Bistro and Prairie Rivers Kitchen, a food partnership in Wadena.

Roundtable discussions will address storage and processing facilities, selling to institutional customers, local food and improved health, farm to school, and other topics related to building a strong local food economy.

Serving on the panel will be Moen; Terry Nennich, University of Minnesota Extension, commercial vegetable and fruit production; Marti Lundin, executive director of Beltrami Wellness Education for Long Life; and Ashley Stevens of the White Earth Lake Recovery Project.

The fee is $45 for the Tuesday conference, $17 for the Monday sampler showcase; $62 for both the conference and showcase. The student conference fee is $10. The fee includes food, beverages and materials.

For registration information, contact Molly Werner at 507-752-5062 or werne022@umn.edu.

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