The 2017 season brings us the opportunity to partner with Patty Wright and Mike Racette of Spring Hill Community Farm. CSA farmers have long discussed collaborating with each other to simplify the number and variety of vegetables we grow throughout the season. In this the inaugural season working together we will grow many of Spring Hill’s fall storage crops.
We are excited to be working with Erin Rupp and her newly formed non-profit, Pollinate Minnesota. Erin is lending us guidance on pollinator habitat, maintaining an apiary on our garden site, and maybe teaching a class. Wahoo! If you want to do more to encourage a healthy world for pollinators in our region give to Pollinate Minnesota!
We are excited to offer mushroom shares from Cherry Tree House Mushrooms based nearby in Clayton, WI. Jeremy raises certified organic log grown mushrooms and also forages for these wild fruiting bodies. The add-on includes 9 deliveries of mushrooms, every other week. Jeremy McAdams launched CTHM in 2009, a mushroom farm that provides log-grown mushrooms to the Twin Cities. CTHM sells its high quality shiitake and other culinary and medicinal mushrooms to Twin Cities groceries such as the Seward Co-op and restaurants such as the Birchwood Cafe. We also now sell shiitake through Co-op Partners Warehouse, who sells them throughout the upper midwest.
We have been members of Land Stewardship Project for more than 5 years. LSP is at the forefront of advocating for sustainable agriculture, rural development and local control. They have earned the respect of state governments and lend our voice at state capitals in the Midwest. They are a leader in training future farmers in our region. In 2009, Juli and Jason enrolled in the Farm Beginnings Program. Through Farm Beginnings courses we began scheming for Steady Hand with a 5 year plan to start our business. We are currently members of the Land Stewardship Project Racial Justice Cohort, a small working group of farmers who are committed to organizing and addressing issues of racial equity in farming and rural life.
In 2015, we were recipients of the LOFF Field Grant from Lakewinds Cooperative. “Lakewinds is proud to grant funding to farms and organizations that share our passion for organic food, land stewardship, sustainable agriculture, new farms, and a greater access to healthy food in our communities.” With this generous award we were able to build an in-floor heating system in our green house, providing heat directly to our vegetable starts, increasing the health of our plants and efficiency of our greenhouse practices.
The Moses Organization and conference is the heartbeat of the farmer learning network in the Midwest. We were incredibly fortunate to be a part of their Farm Mentorship program in 2016. Mike Racette and Patty Wright of Spring Hill Community Farm in Prairie Farm, WI helped us throughout the season. So grateful to benefit from their expertise and the support of MOSES early on in our farming journey.