Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) is a nonprofit membership-based organization that works to protect and enhance the economic interests and quality of life of family farmers and ranchers and rural communities. Membership is open to farmers and nonfarmers.
AURI (Agricultural Utilization Research Institute) AURI created and supported by the Minnesota state legislature, is a unique and innovative nonprofit corporation working to enhance Minnesota’Äôs economy through the development of new uses and new markets for the state’Äôs agricultural products.
Cooperative Development Services shares a vision of people working together cooperatively and responsibly to achieve their social and economic wellbeing through organizations they own and control. CDS' mission is to support, build and strengthen organizations that contribute to cooperative and sustainable development.
Edible Twin Cities is a Twin Cities magazine that celebrates the abundance of local foods, season by season.
Food Alliance is a nonprofit organization that promotes sustainable agriculture by recognizing and rewarding farmers who produce food in environmentally friendly and socially responsible ways, and educating consumers and others in the food system about the benefits of sustainable agriculture. Food Alliance operates the most comprehensive third-party certification program in North America for sustainably produced food. Food Alliance Certified distinguishes foods produced by farmers, ranchers and food processors who use environmentally and socially responsible practices.
Green Routes website is an easy-to-use tool to help you find one-of-a-kind places to eat throughout Greater Minnesota. The website also identifies unique places to play, shop, sleep, and learn’Äîplaces where the owners are committed to using principles of sustainability in managing their enterprises.
Land Stewardship Project (LSP) features two farmer directories: the Stewardship Food Network (a list of LSP farmer and retailer members marketing sustainably-produced vegetables, fruits and grains, meats and dairy product) and a directory of CSA farms delivering to shareholders in the Twin Cities metro area. This website also provides links to numerous other farmer lists, organizations and resources that connect consumers to fresh, local foods.
Heartland Food Network logo. These establishments and participating distributors actively support local farmers and communities by purchasing local foods.
Minnesota Grown Program features a statewide directory of nearly 650 farmers, markets and CSA's who market directly to consumers. Search on-line by product or location or request a free printed copy by mail.
Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Sustainable Agriculture and IPM Programs provides farmers and consumers with information and programs on organic production practices, certification, market trends, and other topics.
Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture (MISA) has a mission to foster connections between the sustainable agriculture community and the University of Minnesota. MISA's website includes links to local food directories, informative publications about local food, and contact information for staff members who can answer questions and help people make connections with researchers.
UMN Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships create partnerships between communities and their University of Minnesota that encourage production and use of locally grown foods and the development of self-reliant regional systems that provide nutritious food, nurture healthy environments and create economic opportunities for the people of Minnesota and our neighbors.