Top 3 Vibrant Communities | April 17 – 21
April 24, 2017 by Blandin Foundation
1. Lowry: Zach Johnson, a young farmer from Lowry, Minnesota, started the MN Millennial Farmer YouTube channel to “set straight some misconceptions about farming for people who weren’t familiar with agriculture.” One year later, he probably couldn’t have forecast that his YouTube channel would connect him to two brothers who farm near Sao Paulo, Brazil. Earlier this month, the Brazilian brothers, Raphael and Guilherme Garcia, visited the Johnson’s farm to compare operations and co-learn.
2. Little Falls: Folks in Central Minnesota will soon have a new way to capture stories about the unique role of food in rural culture. Shaping the rural narrative through video, The Video Barn can be found at each event occurring at the Sprout Growers and Makers Marketplace. Sprout’s mission is to promote the health, economy, and self-reliance of Central Minnesota by facilitating the availability of locally produced food, products, and art in the region.
3. Malmo Township: Since 1962, Arlene Westerlund has committed herself to the health of her community of Malmo by acting as Township Clerk. Fifty five years later, at age 82, she thought of stepping down, but the community says it can’t give her up. Not just yet.
The job has changed a lot over the years, mostly related to state requirements and advances in technology. But the mission is always the same – meeting the needs of neighbors, staying connected to the community whether they’re third generation or newly re-located to the area.
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