For 12 years, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture has been providing grants for farmers, researchers and educators to experiment with new and innovative farming practices and systems through the Sustainable Agriculture On-Farm Demonstration Grant Program.
The definition of sustainable agriculture has evolved in that time. In the early years, the focus was primarily on the direct environmental and economic aspects of farming. Today, the sustainable agriculture community looks at the broader impacts of farming both on and off the farm, in watersheds, and in local and international markets.
The essays in this year's Greenbook expand this discussion to farm marketing and its impact on communities, with several thought-provoking essays on the creation of regional food systems, with examples from around the state and around the globe. While these systems require producers to take on additional responsibilities for processing, distribution and marketing, they also may provide producers with greater profit - a key component of sustainability.
The annual Greenbook highlights the innovative work of farmers, researchers, and educators who represent the vanguard of sustainable agriculture. They are testing new and innovative ideas, and in the process expanding our understanding of what sustainable agriculture means.
Download/view the Greenbook 2000: Marketing Sustainable Agriculture (PDF: 8.40 MB / 166 pages)
Cropping Systems and Soil Fertility
Fruits and Vegetables
Ag Marketing & Development Division
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