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Small-scale Food Initiatives in Southwest Minnesota

During 2012-13, the Institute for Advanced Study sponsored an oral history project focusing on small-scale food initiatives in southwest Minnesota. Bat of Minerva director Peter Shea carried out a series of interviews with individuals in Blue Earth, Steele, Watonwan, Brown, Redwood, Cottonwood, and Jackson counties. Drawn from outside of large-scale, mainstream agriculture, these voices represent current thinking and bold experiments around the topic of food in southwest Minnesota. This project has been made possible by the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008, administered by the Minnesota Historical Society.