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Welcome to the Home Grown Economy Blog

On April 2, 2007, Congressman Collin Peterson hosted the Home Grown Economy workshop at University of Minnesota Morris. Proceedings of the conference are posted at
This blog is an on-going dialog on several key components of community-based food systems in Minnesota.

See for a directory of local food producers, processors, retailers and caterers.


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A farmer friend told me last night that the press for sourcing corn ethanol is pushing the cost of conventional pig production close to the cost of organic production. The rush to biofuel is going to have a huge, skewing effect on the agricultural landscape in the near term future. This is both challenge and opportunity for community based food systems. What do we have to offer those who are struggling to provide food for their families?