Lake Superior

Welcome to the Lake Superior Chapter

The Lake Superior Sustainable Farming Association is a coalition of producers and consumers moving farm practices and food systems into a sustainable future. We encompass northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. Information: lakesuperior@sfa-mn.org or 1.844.922.5573 Ext. 709.

Chapter Coordinator: Julie Allen

Mailing address: Box 161317, Duluth, MN 55816

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Successful Swine Management on Pasture

July 15, 2024    10:00 a.m.—2:00 p.m.

Yker Acres 2327 Gillogly Road Carlton, MN 55718

Alison and Joshua Stamper own and operate Yker Acres, a pasture based farrow to finish, heritage breed farm in Carlton, MN. Joshua has a BS in Agriculture from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, and MS in Agronomy. Alison did not grow up on a farm, but she can tell you all about what it takes to raise happy hogs in northern Minnesota.

The Stampers farrow to finish about 350-400 pigs per year, and will discuss all the basics of managing weaned pigs outside on pasture. Special focus will be placed on animal selection and herd health, the art and science of cozy patrol, how to train pigs on polywire fences, working with a veterinarian and feed mill, economics of raising pasture critters, and how pigs can be part of a crop rotation.

We will provide Hot dogs and brats, and you bring a side to share.

Participation limited to 36.

Advance registration required.

Urban Farm Tour

July 21, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.

3:00- Blue Forest Plants tour (831 W Skyline Pkwy)
4:00- Drive to Observation Hill Farm
4:30- Observation Hill Farm tour (driveway across the road from 217 E Orange St.)

See two impressive producers in the middle of Duluth!

Ted Johnson and Angie Krick have Blue Forest Plants which specializes in fruit, nut, and perennials for the northern climate. Their backyard farm is an established permaculture paradise where they grow and propagate a huge variety of plants.

Ben Cogger runs Observation Hill Farm. We will see his small-scale high density orchard and vineyard, apiary, market garden, tomato and cucumber greenhouse production, and maple and birch syrup operation.

$5.00 SFA members
$15.00 nonmembers

Members must log in to see member pricing. Learn more about joining SFA here.

Edible Plant Walk

July 31, 2024    5:00 p.m.—7:00 p.m.

UMD Land Lab 3568 Riley Rd. Duluth, MN 55803

This plant walk will focus on wild edible plants in a variety of habitats at the UMD Land Lab. Guided by conservation biologist and wild edible instructor Sarah Foltz Jordan, we will discuss dozens of exceptional wild food plants in our region, along with creative ways to incorporate them into our diets in a meaningful way. Both native and introduced plants will be covered.

This event is cohosted with the Arrowhead Native Plant Explorers.

Advance registration requested, walkups welcome.

Cultivating a Sustainable Future at the UMD Land Lab

August 3, 2024  2:00  - 05:00 p.m.

Advance registration requested, walkups welcome.

UMD Land Lab, 3568 Riley Rd, Duluth MN 55803

Led by the new farm manager John Beaton, we will tour the Land Lab and discuss how the university farm can be a resource to area growers through research and education. We will see the renewed market garden, see a demonstration of their compost spreader, and discuss the biochar and forest assisted migration projects.

This is a 101 level program.

Registration requested, walkups welcome

Growing Small Fruits

August 8, 2024   6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Shubat's Fruits, 2155 Johnson Road Duluth, MN 55804

Join us at Shubats Fruits for a field day discussing fruit varieties and management strategies of a variety of small fruits and berries. We will see established elderberries, grapes, honey berry, Juneberry, blueberry, black currants, red currants, white currants, gooseberries, and sea berries. Deb also has apple, plum and pear orchards, and grows veggies and flowers.

Deb Shubat has a BS in biology with a concentration on Botany and a masters degree in horticulture specifically fruit science. Shubat was greenhouse director and biology instructor at UMD from 1984 to 2017. She has been building her farm since 1993.

$5.00 SFA members
$15.00 Nonmembers

Members must log in to see member pricing. Learn more about joining SFA here.

Good Nature Farm Field Tour

August 9, 2024   1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Join us for an afternoon touring and learning about Good Nature Farm in Grand Marais MN. Meet farmers Nick and Kristin DeArruda Wharton and connect with fellow local farmers and producers.

Good Nature Farm is a family farm and off-grid solar-powered homestead on Lake Superior's North Shore. They grow produce, raise laying hens and have sold at farmers markets, through CSAs, to local restaurants, schools, and food co-ops.

Co-hosted by: Northwoods Food Project, Lake Superior Chapter of Sustainable Farming Association, Cook County UMN Extension

Register at: https://z.umn.edu/GoodNatureFieldTour

Location:
Meet at the farm field on the right hand side just before fire number 122 on Casper’s Hill Road in Grand Marais MN.
Directions: From the town of Grand Marais, head North on Highway 61 for 11.4 miles. Turn left on County Road 14, then keep to the right after ~1 mile to get on Casper’s Hill Road which is also called County Road 68. The field is on the right, just before the fire number/address 122.

Harvest Festival

September 7, 2024

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bayfront Festival Park, Duluth

A family-oriented event featuring a huge farmers market, live music all day, renewable Energy Fair, nonprofit exhibitors tent, educational demonstrations and much more!

Become a Member

Renew or start your membership below.
All SFA membership donations are fully tax-deductible.
Be sure to select "Lake Superior Chapter" on the membership form.

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Superior Grown

Superior Grown is a directory of sustainable farming enterprises located in the 16-county region of Northeast MN and Northwest WI, blessed with a rich agricultural heritage and many unique, sustainable farms. Across the Lake Superior region, free-range chickens, diversified vegetables, pick-your-own berries, maple syrup operations, grass-fed beef, artisan cheeses, smoked Lake Superior fish and other farm enterprises dot the rural landscape.

Superior Grown recognizes this bounty and is working to reconnect people with the region's dedicated farmers. By connecting regional consumers, businesses and farmers, Superior Grown promotes a regional food system that nurtures vibrant communities, provides quality, nutritious food to citizens and strengthens local economies.

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Farmers' Markets

Please submit farmers market info to lakesuperior@sfa-mn.org.

Visit minnesotagrown.com to find specific locally produced goods.

Visit ArrowheadGrown for their list of markets.

Chapter Leadership

    • Chair: Mehgan Blair
    • Vice Chair: Stefanie Jaeger
    • Secretary: Emily Richey
    • Treasurer: Jon Scott
    • Chapter Delegate: Caroline Hegstrom
    • Jadell Cavallin
    • Michelle Boyechko
    • Pete Boyechko
    • Kelly Duhn
    • John Hatcher
    • Dennis Thielke
    • Cameron Gustafson