2015 South Dakota Local Foods Conference Summary Back »

Written by Chris Zdorovtsov, former SDSU Extension Community Development 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.

  • Food Hubs in South Dakota

    Marty Travis, Spence Farm, Fairbury, IL & Kari O’Neill, Community Development 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.

  • Community Supported Agriculture

    Chris Zdorovtsov, former Community Development 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.

  • Growing Healthy Berries in South Dakota

    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.

  • Growing Organic

    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.

  • The Business of Local Food Production

    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.

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