Written by Chris Zdorovtsov, former SDSU Extension Community Vitality Field Specialist.
The 2015 South Dakota local food conference, held in Deadwood, provided an opportunity for producers, consumers, farmers markets, restaurants, retailers and consumers to come together to network and gain knowledge related to a variety of local foods topics.
The conference is a collaborative effort of SDSU Extension, USDA Rural Development, Dakota Rural Action, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, the South Dakota Small Business Development Center and the South Dakota Specialty Producers Association.
Below is a collection of handouts and presentations available from this year’s conference.
Marty Travis, Spence Farm, Fairbury, IL & Kari O’Neill, Community Vitality Field Specialist, SDSU Extension
Marty & Kari discussed utilizing food hubs to expand South Dakota’s local food system. A food hub is a business or organization that actively manages aggregation, distribution and marketing of source-identified food products, primarily from local and regional producers to strengthen their ability to satisfy wholesale, retail and institutional demand.
Farm to Schools - Fresh Fruits & Veggies Program
Kyle Koehn, Fairacre Farm
Fairacre Farm in Iroquois, SD currently grows produce year round in their high tunnel. Huron Public School has been purchasing produce from them for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program for the last 3 years.
Chris Zdorovtsov, former Community Vitality Field Specialist, SDSU Extension
Chris presented the basics on the CSA model and what your product subscription program could look like? She discussed CSA models, share contents and packaging, pricing, producer & consumer benefits & concerns, and marketing of CSAs.
Jeff & Jolene Stewart, Stewart’s Aronia Acres
Thinking about diving into production of aronia berries? This flyer provides information on this specialty crop and the National Aronia Growers, LLC.
Michele & Rick Grosek, Bear Butte Gardens
Michele and Rick shared information and resources on organic production. They grow and sell USDA certified organic vegetables, hay, poultry and eggs northeast of Sturgis, SD.
Food Safety — Developing Farmer Dakota’s GAP Plan
Rhoda Burrows, Horticulture Extension Specialist, SDSU Extension
This session presented information on the Food Safety Modernization Act and creating farm food safety plans.
Marcella Hurley, SD Small Business Development Center
Marcella examined the opportunities for local food business in South Dakota. She provided information on financial statements and tools and business analysis for farm enterprises.