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The Simple Plate: Cindy Hale (encore)

Lisa Johnson

 (This episode was originally aired April 27, 2020)

In this episode, we meet Cindy Hale of Clover Valley Farms, accidental farmer, educator, and now producer, educator, and infrastructure coordinator for the Finland Food Chain.

It's hard not to think, in the midst of our pandemic-challenged lives, that this whole "how am I gonna get food" thing would be a lot simpler if we could just go back in time about 80 years.

Back then, most cities were ringed with small farms that supplied themselves and their communities with food.

Why did we abandon small diversified farming in the first place?  Surprisingly enough, it was because of good old-fashioned Minnesota innovation.

The Land Stewardship Project has a page called More Farmers on the Land.  There are many resources available there for new and existing farmers.

The Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota also has a page called Beginning Farmer Resources.

   And you can find out more about Minnesota's Beginning Farmer Tax Credit here, or on their fact sheet.

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