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FD in the News

Here’s your monthly roundup of regional media coverage on the work Family Development staff members are doing.

Grant aimed at establishing Farmers Market a 'destination'
Extension staff assisted Farmers Market Manager Brenda Kent in obtaining a grant from the Northwest Regional Sustainable Partnership for funding to pay musicians and physical activity instructors for a portion of the weekly farmers market in Park Rapids. SNAP-Ed Educator Donna Anderson partnered with the Park Rapids Farmers Market to demonstrate recipes with samples of the local foods and to lead shopping tours each month.

USDA Under Secretary visits Winona's Summer Lunch Bus program
SNAP-Ed Educator +Annette Shepardson was on hand to talk to USDA Under Secretary Katie Wilson, Ph.D. and U.S. Representative Tim Walz about the work of SNAP-Ed and University of Minnesota Extension at a summer event in Winona.

Cooking class teaches ins and outs, food safety to Karen community
New immigrants may be proficient in their own kitchens, but incorporating western terms, like teaspoon and tablespoon, and foods into their diets may prove to be stumbling blocks for them. SNAP-Ed Educator +Darlyce Rangaard shows them the ropes in Marshall.

Downtown Farmers Market now offers credit, debit, EBT card payment
Nobles County Community Wellness Partners, University of Minnesota Extension SNAP-Ed, Southwest Minnesota Opportunity Council, and Western Community Action collaborated to obtain a card reader for the Downtown Farmers Market in Worthington, with assistance from the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce and First State Bank Southwest. SNAP-Ed Educator +Letica Rodriguez is quoted.

St. Paul school garden grows vegetables and better police-community relations
Students and teachers planted the vegetables at St. Paul's Bruce Vento Elementary School, and members of the community joined in to help it flourish over the summer. St. Paul police officers who patrol in the neighborhood played a part. Extension Educator +Judy Myers is quoted.

Fun Stop learns about local food
With involvement from University of Minnesota Extension and LiveHealthy Cass County, Food Service Director Roxann Kowalski in Pillager now partners with Grampa G's farm to locally source a portion of the produce she uses in her summer meal plans. SNAP-Ed Educator Samantha Stewart joined the fun.

On the Way with Ridgeway
Extension Educator +Ellie McCann chats about Extension, 4H judging, and the pride behind a purple ribbon on a radio show broadcast from the Minnesota State Fair.

Was your work highlighted in August by local media or were you quoted in story? Contact Michael Brott to share the news.
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