As the farm financial crisis deepens in rural communities, the Land Stewardship Project (LSP) is offering special workshops for farmers and rural communities, including one on Thursday, January 9, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Kilowatt Community Center in Granite Falls (600 Kilowatt Drive). The event is free, but RSVPs are appreciated for planning purposes. To reserve a spot, request childcare or for more information, contact Scott DeMuth at 320-269-2105 orĀ sdemuth@landstewardshipproject.org.

For this workshop, LSP will be bringing together farmers, community members, and a resource panel. Farmers leaving this meeting will have a stronger network to support them through this crisis, and community participants will help identify potential opportunities to come together and create a vision for their communities.

The event will include a light meal and time for attendees to network and discuss with other participants. This will be followed with a presentation by farmers and community members, a panel of resource people, and Q & A. Each of the panelists will bring relevant information and advice for farm families who are making important short- and long-term decisions, and panelists include Steve Carpenter from Farmer Legal Action Group (FLAG); Kami Schoenfeld, Farm Business Management Instructor; and Ruth Ann Karty, Minnesota Farm Advocate

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