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UMD SAP Farm Hosts 5K and Food Festival

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Crops in the field at UMD's Sustainable Agriculture Project Farm  
UMD SAP Farm Barn  
UMD SAP Farm Barn  
Get out, get healthy, go to the farm. On Sunday, October 5, UMD will hold the first Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP) Farm 5K-walk/run event. The event begins at 10 am. The farm is located at 3568 Riley Road, Duluth, Minn. Race entry costs $10 for students and $30 for the public. Registration is available here: http://www.d.umn.edu/umdhr/wellness/farm5k/

Following the 5K will be the Sustainable Food Festival from 11 am–2 pm. A food ticket will be provided with race entry or will be for sale at the farm for $5 for those who did not participate in the 5K. Runners and walkers will experience the beautiful scenic C.J. Ramstad trail, starting and ending at UMD’s SAP Farm. Participants will get an in-depth look at the enchanting 15 acres of the farm surrounded by the changing fall leaves.

According to event coordinator, Jean Rodvold, “participants will receive a variety of unique swag ranging from a t-shirt from one of UMD’s own alumnus, Spencer Johnson’s Sota Clothing Co., as well as the opportunity to win prizes, such as one of the three $50 gift cards for the Duluth Trading Company.” In addition to the swag, participants will also receive a variety of edible goodies.

Sustainable Food Festival
The festival will include UMD’s own SAP farm fresh food and locally-made beef hotdogs, grass-fed burgers, veggies, fruit and more. In addition, Duluth Coffee Co. coffee, Bayfield apple cider, and Lake Superior Brewing Co. beer will be provided. The purpose of this event is to promote healthier living as well as locally grown food that can benefit the lives of Duluth citizens. SAP Farm Founder and Coordinator Randel Hanson describes the 5K and food festival as, “A way to invite people out to the farm and in general, participate in the food movement, addressing sustainability and health issues.” Both these events promote a healthy lifestyle as well as locally grown food.

About the UMD Farm
UMD’s SAP farm started in 2009 and the produce is grown with student labor under Farm Manager Kevin Moris under the direction of Hanson. This team works together with both university and community people to grow food for UMD's Dining Services and collaborate on farm projects. The Teacher Training Garden at the SAP Farm has worked with the Duluth Community Garden Program and the Duluth Public School systems in training teachers in using school gardens. Hanson describes the farm as a, “teaching, researching and community engagament project.”

The farm is guided by an interdisciplinary faculty collaborative in its activities, which fall into three areas: building a platform for experiential learning in sustainable agriculture for faculty, students, and community members; as a vehicle for collaborating on food systems change within the University of Minnesota, Duluth; and as a vehicle for bringing resources into the community and region around sustainable agriculture and community food systems.

The land where UMD’s SAP Farm resides is filled with a vast amount of Duluth history. The land has hosted agricultural activities since 1912, and since that time a farm has been created, destroyed, abandoned and now reborn. Having overcome a fire in 1918, this piece of land proves to leave something of a legacy for sustainable agriculture.

For more about the farm visit the following link:



Written by Alexis Knigge, September 2014

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