Resource: Valley Creek Community Farm
Title: Valley Creek Community Farm
Resource type: Case study
Topics: Agriculture, Communities, Education, Land Use
Keywords: agriculture, farming, education, community, Community Supported Agriculture, CSA, land stewardship
Audience: All
Region: Southeast
Summary: A group of committed citizens are realizing their dreams of growing their own produce while promoting education and community near Northfield, MN. Their Community Supported Agriculture endeavor was a great opportunity to fuse community with land stewardship and education.
Content: In Prairie Creek, local citizens are realizing their dreams of growing their own produce and their ideals of education and community. Valley Creek Community Farm is a Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) endeavor that materialized out of the partnership between several local residents.

CSA members, Todd Lein and Anne Klawiter, rent land on their farm to Rose Ann and Gene Steenhoek and Olivia Frey. Frustrated by their initial attempts to begin a charter school in the area, Rose Ann and Olivia germinated the idea of a farm school. At the same time Todd, Anne, Gene and Rose Ann were discussing and experimenting with ideas about living in community. The introduction of the concept of a CSA was a great opportunity to fuse ideas of community with land stewardship and education. The farm has grown, from a sliver to a 1.25 acre organic garden that feeds the 50 members of the CSA. The members are supplied with vegetables, which are an important piece of the enterprise.

A detailed case study can be found on the http://www.renewingthecountryside.org web site, which showcases a wide variety of outstanding examples of people working to enhance their rural communities in Minnesota and elsewhere. To access this case study, just click on "Stories" on the left menu, then search for "Valley Creek Community Farm" using the "Search" function.

For more information about Valley Creek Community Farm, see http://www.greenpeople.org/listing/Valley-Creek-Community-16800.cfm

Organization: Renewing the Countryside
Website: http://www.renewingthecountryside.org
Suggested by: Joni Vincent
Added: 02/5/02
Updated: 07/27/11