Local Food Study

Overview of Impacts.PNG




Mission: The Northland Food Network supports regional food production, access, and education to improve the health and resiliency of the Northland’s people, economy, and environment.

GOAL: Produce and consume 25% local food by 2025

Action steps

  • Improve Access to Capital

  • Create a regional Vision

  • Encourage More producers

  • Increase Farm-To-School

  • Impact Legislation

    Join us! Connect with others in the region who are working to increase local food production and consumption.

Together, let’s create the networks of support that ensure long-term sustainable food access in Northeast Minnesota.

For more information, contact Betsy Johnson at john3064@umn.edu or Brian Bluhm at bluhmb@stlouiscountymn.gov


Click the logo above to go to the Grown on the Range Blog. This blog tells the stories of area farmers and growers. The articles first appear in the Hometown Focus newspaper and then they are archived here. Enjoy!!!


farmer training opportunities

general educational resources:

SARE Learning Center

SARE Courses and Curriculum

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project - National Networks

New Entry Sustainable Farming Project - Resources

Farmer Training:

Farming Beginnings Program (offered locally by the Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association)

Other Farmer Training Courses (offered by the Land Stewardship Project)

UMD Center for Economic Development Trainings

Deep Roots Farmer Development Program

k-12 curriculum:

Toward a Sustainable Agriculture

SARE K-12 Resources

Teacher Education:

Integrating Sustainability Education into the University Pre-Service Elementary Teacher Curriculum through the Use of School Gardens

Food Access

food access networks:

Minnesota Food Charter

Minnesota Grown

Iron Range Grown Facebook Group

Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association

Lake Superior Good Food Network

National Good Food Network

General resources:

Northeast Minnesota Food & Nutrition Resource

Hunger Solutions

Minnesota Department of Human Services - Food and Nutrition Programs

Minnesota Department of Health - Nutrition

Minnesota Department of Health - Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP)

University of Minnesota Extension - Food, Health, and Nutrition

Food Access Summit 2018

How Can You be Involved with Local and Nutritious Food Access

Minnesota Farmers Market Association

USDA Local Food Research & Development

Sign Up for USDA Newsletters (Farm to School, Farmers Market Partners, General Interest, GoodGreens & Local Foods , Health Care Partners)


Local food

iron range farmers markets 2018 schedule:

Virginia Market Square - Thursdays 1-5 PM from June 7th - October 25th, 2018 (City Center Park - 250 N 4th Ave W)

Hibbing Farmers Market - Tuesdays 2-5 PM, Fridays 9 AM-1 PM & Saturdays 9 AM-1 PM from June 19th - late October (1309 E 40th St)

Cook Area Farmers Market - Saturdays 8 AM-1 PM from mid-June-September (Downtown City Park)

Tower Farmers Market - Fridays 4-6 PM from June - mid-October (Train Depot Parking Lot - 400 Pine St)

Babbitt Community Farmers Market  - Thursdays 4-6 PM from July 21st - September 7th (Woodland Presbyterian Church - 20 Acacia Rd)

Ely Farmers Market - Summer: Tuesdays 5 - 7 PM from May 29th - September 25th (Whiteside Park - 721 E Sheridan St)
Winter: every other Tuesday 5 - 7 PM starting in October (Grace Lutheran Church - 301 E Conan St) 

Grand Rapids Farmers Market - Wednesdays 8 AM-1 PM & Saturdays 8 AM-1 PM from mid-May - October (701 NW 4th St)


Meal preparation

Good and Cheap (Ear Well on $4/Day) by Leanne Brown

Minnesota Farmers Market Cookbook by Tricia Cornell

Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money By Wasting Less Food by Dana Gunders