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Local Foods College Comes to a Computer near You

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Monday, January 4, 2016

The Regional Sustainable Development Partnership's 5th annual Local Foods College is an interactive distance learning opportunity for gardeners and farmers interested in community-based food systems. The course will begin January 12 and is a series of eight sessions, meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays until March 1, 2016. The Local Foods College is free but registration is required. Learn more by visiting

The webinar format is handy for many participants to access from home or office locations and there are also public sites around the state that offer opportunities to network with neighbors. Topics include soil health, how to grow produce, healthy foods access, food business regulations, animals on your homestead, scaling up for markets, and farming in a controlled environment.

The Local Foods College is part of a movement to strengthen local and regional food systems. The 2016 Local Foods College is supported by University of Minnesota Extension, the Statewide Health Improvement Program and Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 34 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 39 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit


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