East Central

Welcome to the East Central Chapter

The East Central Chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association (SFA) is committed to advancing SFA's mission. Our emphasis is on building a farmer network to share knowledge that furthers sustainable farming practices and financial sustainability for our farmers. We believe in connecting the community to local farmers and food options through chapter meetings, farm tours, education and networking sessions.

Our chapter is made up of farmers and consumers in the general area of Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Ramsey, Sherburne and Washington counties, the southern portion of Kanabec, Mille Lacs and Pine counties and northeast Hennepin County. Membership is not restricted to these counties; East Central Chapter welcomes all who find our mission compelling.

Contact: eastcentral@sfa-mn.org or 1.844.922.5573 Ext. 718.

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Become a Member

Renew or start your membership below.
Be sure to select "East Central Chapter" on the membership form.


Scholarships are available for East Central Chapter members who wish to attend conferences and events to learn sustainable farming practices.

East Central Email Group

Send an email to eastcentral@sfa-mn.org and ask to be added to our email group.  This will allow you to communicate with chapter members.  All email addresses are confidential and not shared. 

Upcoming Chapter Events

May Chapter Meeting

Saturday, May 20, 10:00 AM - Noon

Coborn's: 209 6th Avenue Northeast, Isanti, MN 55040

The East Central Chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association is hosting a chapter meeting and potluck at Coborn’s in Isanti (209 6th Avenue Northeast, Isanti, MN 55040) on Saturday, May 20th starting at 10:00 am. The meeting/potluck will be held in the Community Room on the 2nd floor.

What’s the best or worst purchase, invention, cheat code or MacGyver you’ve experienced on your operation? Bring your stories, photos and/or items for a fun and useful show and tell.

ALSO, recipient of the East Central Chapter Scholarship, Matt Hardy, will speak about how he used the scholarship and what he learned.

Please register if you plan to attend.  Your registration helps us prepare for the number of people attending and knowing food will be available.

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June Chapter Networking Night

Monday, June 12, 6:30PM -8:30PM

Dugout Bar & Grill, 158 Main Street, Bethel, MN 55005

The East Central Chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association is kicking off the summer with a Networking Night on Monday, June 12, 2023, in Bethel, MN.  The networking night will be held at The Dugout Bar & Grill starting at 6:30 pm during their burger night special.

This gathering will provide an opportunity for chapter members to connect and for non-chapter members to come, socialize, meet local farmers/producers, and show your support for locally sourced food and farm products.  All are welcome to this informal event.

What: Networking night/burger night at Dugout Bar & Grill

Date: Monday, June 12, 2023

Time: 6:30 pm

Where: Dugout Bar & Grill, 158 Main Street, Bethel, MN 55005


Please register if you plan to attend.  Your registration helps us prepare for the number of people attending. Please plan to purchase your own food and beverages for this event, we like to support local businesses as we hold networking/social events in our chapter’s areas.

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Meet Our Farmer Members

Contact any of our farmers to access local farm products

Baker's Acres

Dave & Karen Baker
Beef, Lamb, Eggs, Chicken, Turkey

Brown Family Farm

Ben & Jodi Brown
CSA Shares: Fresh Vegetables, Fruits & Herbs

Chain Lake Pastures

Rick & Sarah Cedergren
Pastured Poultry, Eggs

Clover Bee Farm

Margaret & Andrew Hanson Pierre

Dawn2Dusk Farms

Moses Momanyi
Organic Certified Produce

Ferris Family Farm

Jon, Jessica, Rob & Carol Ferris
Pastured Chicken, Pork, Farm Fresh Eggs

Gray Duck Farms

Stacie Mix & Shawn Kilpela
Grass-fed/grass-finished beef, pastured heritage breed pork, free ranged pastured chickens and ducks

Honeymilk Homestead

Anthony & Johana Jalbert
A2 Milk, Pastured Chicken, Pork, Beef, Eggs, Honey, Maple Syrup, Skin-care products

Limousine Acres

Nancy Teich
Pastured Beef

Minnesota Fresh Farm

Sharon & Bruce Johnson
Farm Stand with Vegetables, Fruit, Meats, Eggs, Honey and more

Nelson Grass Farm

Ryan & Desiree Nelson
Eggs, Chicken, Pork

Past Times Farm

Martin & Lisa Lynn
Sheep and alpaca fiber, fresh eggs

Pettit Pastures LLC

Tim & Jake Pettit
Grass-fed Beef, Pastured Berkshire Pork

Rust Hill Ranch

Matt Hardy
Forest-raised pork and pastured chicken

Snake River Farms

Tom Barthel
Grass-fed bison, Grass-fed beef, Pastured pork, Grass-fed lamb, Pastured goats, Ranged Geese, Ducks, and Turkeys

Third Tree Farm

Caroline Aoyama & Ryan Stubby
Naturally Grown Vegetables and Flowers

Chapter Leadership

  • Holly Pearson, Co-Chair
  • Stacie Mix, Co-Chair
  • Ryan Nelson, Treasurer
  • Beth Miller, Secretary
  • Yvonne Baller, Delegate
  • Jon Ferris, Board Member
  • Rob Ferris, Board Member