Organic Farming

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  We have a conversation with Colleen Landkamer, the USDA Rural Development State Director in Minnesota, about the Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) program.  Since 2009, the US Department of Agriculture has provided grant funding to local cooperatives and other organizations that provide technical assistance to socially disadvantaged groups in rural areas strongly affected by poverty. Examples of technical assistance may include leadership training, feasibility studies, and developing business and strategic plans. 

Women's Words on April 26, 2015 featured Dianna Hunter of Duluth reading from her story, "The Dead Cow and the Great Man" which received an award for creative nonfiction by Lake Superior Writers in 2014.

Women's Words on July 6, 2014 featured Duluthian Dianna Hunter reading her short story, "Del Lago," about a farm she worked in the mid-1970s.

Women's Words on December 8, 2013 featured the third and final episode by Atina Diffley, reading an excerpt from the Chapter "Cold, Hard Water," from her book Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works, about her life as a Minnesota organic farmer.

12/8 Women's Words: Atina Diffley

Atina Diffely educates consumers, farmers, and policymakers about organic farming. From 1973 through 2007, the Diffleys owned and operated Gardens of Egan, one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest.

Women's Words on December 1, 2013 featured Atina Diffley, reading "My Earliest Memories," and "We Are Still a Farm Family," two excerpts from her book Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works, about her life as a Minnesota organic farmer.

12/1 Women's Words: Atina Diffley

Atina Diffely educates consumers, farmers, and policymakers about organic farming. From 1973 through 2007, the Diffleys owned and operated Gardens of Egan, one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest.

Women's Words on November 24, 2013 featured Atina Diffley, reading "This Soil Is Ancient," and "Organic Pest Management," two excerpts from her book Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works, about her life as a Minnesota organic farmer.

11/24 Women's Words: Atina Diffley

Atina Diffely educates consumers, farmers, and policymakers about organic farming. From 1973 through 2007, the Diffleys owned and operated Gardens of Egan, one of the first certified organic produce farms in the Midwest.