Feeding the Saints

1997 Annual Report for FNC97-165

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 1997: $9,650.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1998
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Coordinator:

Feeding the Saints


Innovative direct marketing can enhance farm profits and provide a fresh, wholesome product to consumers.

Objective: To establish a direct sales and distribution system between a group of central Minnesota sustainable livestock and vegetable producers and three central Minnesota university food systems.

Methods: The coordinator planned to conduct a pilot effort to supply farm produce in the ‘97-98 school year to several universities. He wanted to produce the quantity and quality specified and create a business structure to represent farmers and universities. Another strategy was to develop cleaning and packing requirements and educate staff, students, and faculty on the value of regional food products.

Results: Selling to institutions failed due to budget constraints and fear of buying from farmers vs. food service contractors. However, 25 founders formed the Whole Farm Co-op, working with the Minnesota Food Association to distribute food to low-income families and market to individuals in a church.

North Central Region SARE 1998 Annual Report.