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What we deserve

Bill Ostrem, Northern Letter - Mon, 05/23/2011 - 7:24am

The rich, the well-connected, the privileged, and the powerful have given themselves the society that they deserve. The rest of us deserve better.

Categories: Citizens

5th ANNUAL GIRLS NITE OUT

Grand Event Center - Wed, 04/27/2011 - 10:50am

It’s Northfield’s Annual Girls Nite Out…Friday, May 6th.  After an evening of shopping and dining join us at The Grand for entertainment by The G.N.O. Dancers and live music by Sweet Stache.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at The Rare Pair, Sisters Ugly, Fine Threads, Anna’s Closet,  Rooms by Tagg 2 or the Eclectic Goat.  For more info  call 507-645-2376.

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Currently Happening at the Rural Enterprise Center

Latino Enterprise Center - Wed, 01/26/2011 - 1:30pm

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.

Categories: Organizations

Another job opening at the Rural Enterprise Center

Latino Enterprise Center - Thu, 01/13/2011 - 1:03pm

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.

Categories: Organizations

Job Opening at the Rural Enterprise Center

Latino Enterprise Center - Wed, 01/12/2011 - 7:44pm

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.

Categories: Organizations

Organizing the Region’s Farm to School Opportunities

Latino Enterprise Center - Tue, 01/11/2011 - 4:11pm

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 kzeman@kmwb.net or (507) 664-9446 by Jan. 26.

Categories: Organizations

Starting the year strong and keeping our work focused and mission driven

Latino Enterprise Center - Fri, 01/07/2011 - 11:46am

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.

Categories: Organizations

Voices from the NAG: Jill Enestvedt

NAG 50th Blog - Wed, 12/16/2009 - 9:52pm

For the past two months we’ve been featuring the ten portraits created by photographer Craig Perman for the Voices from the Northfield Arts Guild project. Each of the subjects was photographed in a setting appropriate to their artistic discipline and asked to answer the question: “How has the Northfield Arts Guild enriched your artistic life?”

“The Northfield Arts Guild has been a source of enrichment for me my whole life. As a young child I did kids art projects in Central Park during the art fair, took tap and ballet classes in elementary school, studied Chinese brush painting in high school, began volunteering as a young adult, and now have had a chance to exhibit in the gallery. The impact of a quality arts organization in a small town cannot be overestimated. To grow up in a community where there is value in volunteering for the arts, value in hearing and seeing the arts, and value in creating art is extremely fortunate. I will continue to learn and grow as an artist because of this organization. The NAG is a gem that makes all of Northfield shine, and with it, the talents of its many creative residents. I’m grateful to be one of them.”
- Jill Enestvedt

{Voices from the Northfield Arts Guild}

Working with the Arts Guild as a volunteer exposed me to a variety of artists and craftsmen from the Northfield community as well as throughout the state. This experience enhanced my interest in the arts and influence my choice of studies at St. Olaf College.

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Beaux Arts Ball: 5 days away!

NAG 50th Blog - Mon, 12/14/2009 - 6:08pm

I know you’ve heard everything there is to be said about the Beaux Arts Ball by now, right? I mean, it’s been on your radar for months already, you’ve heard about it on the radio, and you’ve read about it in the newspaper, on Facebook, on Twitter, and all the cool blogs in town.

What you may not know is that there are still some tickets available!

Tell your friends they really should be joining you THIS SATURDAY at Carleton College’s Great Hall and Great Space for the best party of 2009!

Categories: Organizations

Voices from the NAG: Dorothy Palmquist

NAG 50th Blog - Fri, 12/11/2009 - 7:43pm

From now until next Saturday’s Beaux Arts Ball [Buy your tickets now!], we’re featuring the ten portraits created by photographer Craig Perman for the Voices from the Northfield Arts Guild project. Each of the subjects was photographed in a setting appropriate to their artistic discipline and asked to answer the question: “How has the Northfield Arts Guild enriched your artistic life?”

“Working with the Arts Guild as a volunteer exposed me to a variety of artists and craftsmen from the Northfield community as well as throughout the state. This experience enhanced my interest in the arts and influence my choice of studies at St. Olaf College.”
- Dorothy Palmquist

{Voices from the Northfield Arts Guild}

Working with the Arts Guild as a volunteer exposed me to a variety of artists and craftsmen from the Northfield community as well as throughout the state. This experience enhanced my interest in the arts and influence my choice of studies at St. Olaf College.

Categories: Organizations

Hopes and Dreams

Northfield Cohousing Community - Mon, 11/30/2009 - 10:05pm

On November 22nd, all of the members of Norcoh met for their second programming meeting.   These cards with simple but effective drawings helped express their hopes, dreams, and goals for the neighborhood.

Categories: Citizens

Success!!

Northfield Cohousing Community - Tue, 11/24/2009 - 5:34pm

The cohousing design discussion on November 5, 2009, was well-attended and lively conversation sprouted afterward. Attendees included ages from very young to retirement-age, which is a perfect match for our goals for our community.

In February, we will be offering a Community Ed course in four sessions for those who would like more information. Also, stay tuned to this blog for more opportunities to engage!

Categories: Citizens

Defeat of Jesse James Music at The HideAway

The HideAway Coffeehouse and Winebar - Tue, 09/01/2009 - 4:48pm

We are going to have great music at The HideAway on Friday, Sept. 11th and Sat., Sept. 12th.  On Friday join us when Carey Langer sings at 7:30.  He is so fun to listen to and I know you will recognize a lot of his songs.  Saturday brings Glory Muse back to The HideAway at 7:30.  Their music reminds me of Simon and Garfunkle.  They are amazing!

Hope to see you downtown and at The HideAway!

Categories: Businesses

New Online Menu!

The HideAway Coffeehouse and Winebar - Tue, 09/01/2009 - 4:35pm

I am so excited that I finally got the new menu online.  Please feel free to download and print the PDF and use it when placing your order over the phone.

Also, give us a call for all of your catering needs.  I would love to work with you to make your event great!

Categories: Businesses

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