April/May/June 2006 Land Stewardship Letter

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Table of Contents

Cover Story…1

Putting the Rural Development Pieces Together (2nd in a series on Woodbury County, Iowa, & its efforts to use local, sustainable farming as an economic engine)


• Renewable Rural Development
• Art Hawkins Remembered
• Return to Coon Valley

Myth Buster Box…6

• "All natural" meat

News Briefs…7

• Ag systems & biodiversity
• Grass and resiliency

LSP News…9

• Dave Serfling Scholarship Fund created
• See you at the Fair!
• 2006 Community Food & Farm Festival
Voices getting positive audience reactions
• Shh! I'm bidding
• Hunter, Long serving LSP internships
• LSP summer celebrations July 19, Aug. 5 & Sept. 7
• Farm Beginnings tours this summer
• Kickapoo Fair July 29-30 in SW Wisconsin
• Community garden in western Minnesota


• Minnesota Legislature: Attempts to weaken local democracy defeated
• Q & A: People power at the Legislature
• Proposed grass-fed label released
• LSP at National People's Conference in D.C.

Southeast Update…15

• The connections between erosion & eating
• The dumping game: A West African farmer calls for subsidy reforms

Community Based Food…19

• Turn here crude oil: The Diffley's second stand for stewardship
• UCS study: Grass can mean healthy food

Farm Beginnings…20
• Applications for 2006-2007 being accepted
• Fresh Faces-Fresh Farming: Aimee Finley—The push & pull of farming
Food & Farm Connection…26

• Food Alliance Midwest
• Lewotsky directing Food Alliance certification
• Food Alliance at Farmfest
• Volunteers needed for Minn. Cooks Aug. 29 at Fair
Minnesota Grown Directory available
• The farm as natural habitat
• Stewardship Food Network



Chicken: The Dangerous Transformation of America's Favorite Food

Membership Update…30

• Ear to the Ground podcast captures the land's vibrations
• Some exciting news about our database (really)
• Your privacy is important to LSP
• Thank you
• Plastic payments
• Support LSP in your workplace

Stewardship Calendar…32