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Latino Enterprise Center
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Updated: 17 min 5 sec ago
Although there aren’t many pictures we can be taking outside right now, the picture inside of our organization could not be more vibrant and fast changing. Last year we developed new structures and processes to ensure that we can approach the work with immigrant farmers in a systematic, deliberate and sustainable manner. We have built the organizational infrastructure needed to support the growth we need to see during 2011 and the coming years.
During this last part of January and February we will be finishing the mobile poultry processing facility design, applying for a building permit for the fixed infrastructure to conduct biological treatment of effluent from poultry processing and preparing the plan for the building of these infrastructure. Other parallel tracks are also moving forward like the overall business planning for the Hillside Farmers Cooperative, the hiring of an outreach coordinator for our region, hiring of an agripreneur training program and community farm manager, putting together the financial package for the launch of farming operations to support the launch of the cooperative, etc.
As we move forward in all of these fronts, we are thankful for the many partners, volunteers, and funders that make this work possible. Stay tuned for future postings where we will be profiling these partnerships and the key roles they play in launching a new food and agriculture system in our region.
We are also hiring an outreach coordinator, this individual will work primarily with Spanish speaking families in the Northfield area, but will cover other communities in our region.
Click this link for the job description and application contact for our Agripreneur Training Program manager position. This is a new job opening, the qualified candidate who fills this job will be working to implement a vision of re-defining the role of Latino/Hispanics and other minorities in the food and agriculture industry, by building a socially responsible and economically/ecologically viable and sustainable food and agriculture system.
We are working to support the Sustainable Farming Association’s Cannon River region members as we explore the opportunities to increase direct markets through selling to School cafeterias in the region. There is no better opportunity than the the chapter’s annual meeting. So join us as we celebrate the annual meeting of the Cannon River SFA Chapter on Saturday, Jan. 29 from noon to 5 p.m. at St. Dominic’s Church in Northfield as JoAnne Berkenkamp from the Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy shares her experiences with successful Farm To School programs in Minnesota. Berkenkamp’s conversation starts at 1 p.m., following a local-foods potluck that starts at noon. She’ll discuss both the policies and pragmatics of schools buying food directly from farmers and farmers selling food directly to schools. Joining Berkenkamp will be area farmers and school foodservice folks who have worked with each other. Learn what has worked and what has not worked for school districts and farmers. Following the presentation will be a Q & A and networking session.
The Cannon River SFA Chapter will hold their annual meeting at 3:30 p.m. following the Farm To School program. Electing officers and planning activities for 2011 are up for discussion.
This event is free to the public but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (507) 664-9446 by Jan. 26.
Trying to find time to blog is promising to be challenging this year already, but I promise I won’t fail all of you who have followed the work of the Rural Enterprise Center for the last three or so year. I will be posting shorter stories of my own and concentrate on linking resources that others are developing or stories that are been written frequently about our work. At the end of the day that is the objective of this blog, so I will try to keep you all informed and engaged as we grow the program, our organization the Main Street Project and the capabilities to tackle some serious challenges we must resolve in designing and launching a new and sustainable food and agriculture system.
Meanwhile, this morning MPR posted an article on immigrant farmers in MN where our work was quoted. This piece I understand either was or will be aired later on mid morning.