The on-farm GAPs food safety team at the University of Minnesota works with Minnesota’s produce farmers to help them develop and implement on-farm food safety plans and prepare for GAPs audits. We provide education, outreach and technical support to fruit and vegetable growers through GAP workshops and mock audits, research relating to GAPs, especially as they impact small growers and immigrant and minority growers, and communication and collaboration with many agricultural partner organizations and government entities to help promote information-sharing regarding GAPs and farm safety.
Contact the Farm Information Line to get reliable, research-based answers from Extension agriculture and natural resources experts. Call between 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Monday through Friday or leave a voicemail to get a call back the next business day. Services are free.
The Good Acre, founded in 2014, is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization designed to support several needs in the food community and to advance education and access for all consumers to locally-grown produce in the Twin Cities. We are a food hub that primarily works with low-income, immigrant, and independent farmers, providing facilities that meet and exceed local food safety regulations. Our on-site licensed commercial kitchen is available for use by small food producers who want to source their products from local farmers, it's also host to a wide variety of community cooking classes. In addition to our food hub and kitchen facilities, we work with over 20 local farms to provide for our 400+ member Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program during the growing season.
DOJO is a brand-building, business growth marketing and business development consultancy. We help companies from small to large with things like website/brand design and development all the way to business planning and fundraising.
VP of Sales for a Manufacturer Rep company that specializes in launching and scaling new brands at Target. Bluebird takes a high touch, consultative approach to working with companies to help position them for success at Target.
Katie Knapp, The Ag Photographer, brings her audiences onto farms around the world to see how their food is grown. She illustrates the buzzwords that fill today's media, supermarkets and menus. Katie developed this niche from growing up on an Illinois farm, working in agricultural communications and becoming a trained visual sociologist. Her goal is to dig deep into those questions consumers have about their food and answer them visually. While introducing consumers to the farmers, crops and animals, she helps them get to know the process of farming—how and why farmers do specific things on their acres and in their barns. She is based in the Minneapolis and travels near and far to help bring farmers and consumers closer. Contact Katie to hire her for a project. Rates are typically based on length of time spent shooting on location.
A specialty retail store devoted to the home cook. Shop Abundant Kitchen for high performance cookware, bakeware, barware, canning and fermenting supplies, kitchen gadgets and more. Shop our local food section for a wide variety of locally-raised beef, chicken, lamb, cheese, salami, kombucha drinks, hot sauce, lentils, spaghetti sauce, spices, oils and vinegars. A wide array of hands-on cooking classes offered on a weekly basis for all skill levels.
Techstars Farm to Fork Accelerator is our first program focused on the tech/digital side of food and agriculture. Partnered with Cargill and Ecolab, the program is looking for the best entrepreneurs across the entire food value chain, from AgTech, manufacturing and supply chains, to Food Tech, food safety, waste reduction and traceability. The program is based in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota.