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Legislative Update for LEAFF

March 25th, 2023 In our last update, we shared that our bill had a hearing coming up in the Minnesota House Agriculture Committee. Thanks to our partners and some outreach, for our hearings we received over 22 individual letters of

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We have a bill!

If you’ve followed our work for a while, you’ve probably heard about our Local Emergency Assistance Farmer Fund, also known as LEAFF. The program began in 2020 as a way to help small-scale emerging farmers survive the loss of their

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Culinary Education Program Transition

We are pleased to announce that beginning in June we will be transitioning culinary education programming to Healthy Roots Institute (HRI) under the leadership of founder Chef Lachelle Cunningham. “Transitioning our culinary education programming to Healthy Roots Institute marks an

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Minnesota First State to Receive LFS Funds

This past Tuesday, August 23, 2022, the USDA formally announced that Minnesota has been awarded the first Local Food for Schools (LFS) grant in the nation. To celebrate the announcement, USDA Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Jenny Lester

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LEAFF Funded in Ag Budget!

Minnesota’s legislative session came to a close on Monday, May 23rd, and while time ran out to negotiate many deals, the House and Senate did pass a bill that combined the supplemental ag omnibus along with investments in broadband access

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LEAFF in the Ag Omnibus – Final Stretch!

When we last checked in about LEAFF funding in the Governor’s Supplemental Agriculture Budget, there was an allocation of $1.5M to fund the program for this and the next biennium. Since then, that $1.5M has been cut to $1M in

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Meet Our New Executive Director

After leading The Good Acre since its founding in 2015, Rhys Williams, retired as Executive Director at the end of 2021. After a national search, our board of directors hired Theresa McCormick in February. Prior to joining The Good Acre,

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