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A Space for Rural Residents to Design Responses to Climate Change

After a plot of land he sold lost nearly 90% of its trees in a hail storm, Caleb Tommila saw firsthand the effect global climate change was having on his community. “My grandmother has lived in the area her whole life. She’s eighty-some years old, never seen anything like it. She doesn’t have a tree …

A New Kind of Grocery Store, Designed for the Needs of Rural Minnesota

In 2015, Cedar Summit Farm in New Prague closed its doors. It was the only certified 100 percent grass-fed dairy producer in the state. Kendra Rasmusson, originally from the New Prague area, had recently moved back to the area from the Twin Cities with her husband Paul. They were seeking a place with a stronger …

What It Takes to Electrify our Transportation System

As wind and solar are making Minnesota’s electricity cleaner, it’s increasingly sensible to power more of our economy with electricity. We can use less fossil fuel while growing the business of our local utilities. Moving away from gas powered cars in favor of electric vehicles is one key piece of that transition. Four times more …

Minnesota Brownfields: Redevelopment is vital to Minnesota’s economy

Together with the Economic Development Association of Minnesota and GREATER MSP, Minnesota Brownfields is pleased to share a McKnight-funded report on the value of Minnesota’s Redevelopment Grant & Demolition Loan Program, administered by the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development.

Supporting a Network of Water Champions to Protect our Rivers

River Network empowers and unites people and communities to protect and restore rivers and other bodies of water. They work to connect river and water champions across the country to each other, empowering them to make a difference and expanding their influence. They offer individuals and organizations mentoring, consulting, and trainings to strengthen their water …

What Happens When Unlikely Allies Find Common Ground

Land managers at Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have a challenge: creating the ideal habitat for a bird or a trout, without overspending on equipment, herbicides, and routine mowing. Wisconsin’s grass-fed cattle producers face a different problem: limited access to land hampers the expansion of their business. Winrock International noted that these two problems …

Toxic Taters? How a Determined Group Got a Potato Supplier to Change its Ways

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) is part of a global network working to protect public health and the environment from the harms of pesticides, and to promote ecologically sound and socially just food and farming. PAN challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health and environmental quality, and works to ensure the transition …

For the Best Lessons on Farming, Turn to Nature

Practical Farmers of Iowa (PFI) works to strengthen farms and communities through farmer-led investigation and information sharing, representing a diversity of farmers. Their members have conventional and organic systems, employ diverse management practices, run operations of all sizes, and come from a range of backgrounds. These farmers come together, however, because they believe in nature …

What’s Possible When Ordinary Citizens Decide to Make Waves

River Alliance works to advocate for the protection, enhancement, and restoration of Wisconsin’s rivers and watersheds. Hatched in the 1990s by a university professor and his graduate student, along with a motley mix of trout anglers, paddlers and conservationists, the River Alliance of Wisconsin has grown into one of Wisconsin’s leading conservation groups. By encouraging …

A Farm to Fork Movement Grows in Ecuador

EkoRural strives to strengthen alternative food networks in the Central Highlands of Ecuador for the benefit of food producers and consumers alike. These networks help consumers in the cities of Riobamba and Salcedo gain access to healthier, local foods while supporting nearby producers to increase their market opportunities. During the last four years, EkoRural has …

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