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The True Value of Local and Organic Food

October 14, 2012

The Minnesota Project’s Centered on Sustainability Series

Welcomes Atina Diffley and Megan O’Hara.

 Join us on October 23, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm for an evening of food, learning, and conversation.

Think: Every human has a food relationship with, and impact on, the land and nature and farmers that feed them. Our everyday sustenance — our daily food decisions — affect the wellness of the land, and the life and people that live and work upon it. What does this mean, why should we care, how does it affect us, and what can we do about it?

To help us develop our understanding on this topic we’ll welcome farmer, author, public speaker, organic consultant, and all-around Minnesota sustainable agriculture presence Atina Diffley to lead what promises to be a most engaging event.

Atina Diffley’s recently published memoir, “Turn Here Sweet Corn,” has been garnering praise since its release in early 2012. The memoir chronicles Atina’s journey of working the land, coaxing good food from the fertile soil, and fighting against corporate politics for what you believe is right. More than anything however, the book is about relationships. Relationships with the earth, with plants and animals, and with families and communities. Through her years of working on the farm and managing these myriad relationships, Ms. Diffley has gained a keen understanding of the way that each of these relationships is interconnected, and how they must all work together to achieve a more sustainable landscape. She has a great story to tell and this short video will give you a sample.

Ms. Diffley will talk about her new book, her 20+ years of experience as an organic farmer in Minnesota and her vision of what is required of us if we hope to continue to move Minnesota toward a future that is more Centered on Sustainability. We hope you’ll join us in this night of learning and stimulating conversation.

Megan O’Hara will provide opening comments, discussing the social, economic and environmental importance that increased availability of fresh, locally grown foods can have on our community.

The evening will begin at 5:30 with light appetizers and refreshments, provided by Red Stag Supper Club Joia Natural Sodas and JJ Taylor.  Registration details can be found at:

Sign up soon, space is limited! All proceeds from the evening will go toward helping The Minnesota Project continues its work in sustainability for Minnesota.

The Minnesota Project champions the sustainable production and equitable distribution of energy and food in communities across Minnesota. That’s our mission. For the last 30 years, The Minnesota Project has been working to put that mission statement into action with myriad programs focused on promoting policy and on-the-ground solutions for a more sustainable Minnesota. A Minnesota which is “Centered on Sustainability”.

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