Building the Local Food Link in Valley City

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2008: $17,829.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2010
Region: North Central
State: North Dakota
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Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: potatoes, grass (misc. perennial), hay
  • Fruits: melons, apples, cherries, plums, berries (strawberries)
  • Vegetables: artichokes, asparagus, beans, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucurbits, eggplant, garlic, greens (leafy), leeks, onions, parsnips, peas (culinary), peppers, radishes (culinary), sweet corn, tomatoes, turnips, brussel sprouts
  • Additional Plants: herbs, ornamentals
  • Animals: bovine, poultry


  • Animal Production: feed/forage
  • Crop Production: food product quality/safety
  • Education and Training: demonstration, farmer to farmer, mentoring
  • Energy: energy conservation/efficiency
  • Farm Business Management: new enterprise development, marketing management, farm-to-institution, feasibility study, agricultural finance, market study, value added
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity
  • Pest Management: biological control, cultural control, field monitoring/scouting, mulching - plastic, row covers (for pests), sanitation, smother crops, trap crops, traps, mulching - vegetative
  • Soil Management: organic matter, soil quality/health
  • Sustainable Communities: local and regional food systems, new business opportunities, partnerships, public participation, community services, social networks, sustainability measures

    Proposal summary:

    The project proposes to strengthen the local foods production presently marketed through a Farmers Market by instituting a wholesale market to serve the local institutions, restaurants and caterers. A forager will work as a link between the vendors and the wholesale buyers and serve as the packer and delivery person.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.