Wednesday, June 28, 2006

U farm family recognition slated for Aug. 3 at Farmfest

Fifty-six families from around the state, one from each participating county, have been named a “2006 Farm Family of the Year,” University of Minnesota Extension Service Dean and Director Bev Durgan announced Monday.

The winning families will be officially recognized in a ceremony Thursday, Aug. 3 at the 25th Annual Farmfest in Redwood County, Minn.

The families were chosen based on their contributions to the agricultural industry, their communities and the state. Families receiving honors have demonstrated a commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture and agriculture production.
The diversity of Minnesota family farms can be seen by looking at a sample of the 2006 winners:
• Sisters Annette and Kathleen Fernholz of Madison (Lac Qui Parle County) grow organic produce for Earthrise Farm, a 240-acre family farm which sustains four acres of community supported agriculture (CSA). The Fernholtzes are Sisters of Notre Dame, a Catholic order, and started farming 11 years ago as part of their Center for Earth Spirituality and Rural Ministry. [snip] UMNnews

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