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Local Foods College series begins Jan. 21 in Brainerd

Looking at your seed catalogs and dreaming about spring? Try the Local Foods College, which begins Tuesday, Jan. 21, and runs through mid-March.

The 2014 Local Foods College is a series of eight sessions designed for gardeners and farmers who are part of the growing community-based food system. Sessions focus on production, food safety and marketing skills.

The first session of the series will be held on the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 21, and will continue Tuesday evenings through mid-March. The series will be available via webinar at several locations throughout northern and central Minnesota, and may also be viewed at a home computer or electronic device. Registration is free with print-your-own materials. If you prefer to purchase printed materials, they are available, $30 for printed materials for the entire series mailed to you, and $25 for the Beginner Growers Manual.

Session topics include: Soil Quality and Fertility; Specialty Products: Asparagus, Garlic, Wild Foods, Harvester Handbook; Tree Fruit and Berries in High Tunnel; Post Harvest Handling and Storage, Peddling your Pickles Safely, Food Safety for Famers Markets; Marketing Local Foods; and Commercial Kitchens for Processing Local Food.

Participants will learn from practitioners, educators, and those involved in the growing movement to build resilient local foods systems. The Local Foods College is part of a movement to strengthen local and regional food systems.

The 2014 Local Foods College is presented to you by the University of Minnesota Extension, and sponsored by the Statewide Health Improvement Program and North Country Community Transformation Grant.

For more detailed information and registration, visit: or call 888-241-0781.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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