Last fall I read an article in Taproot Magazine about the Portland Preservation Society. The goal of the society is to provide a forum for swapping homemade food — in their case, mostly canned goods. They meet monthly; usually in people’s homes, in each other’s gardens, and even sometimes at local businesses to talk food, food preservation, support each other’s efforts in living sustainably and go home with a variety of things that they probably wouldn’t have made themselves.
It made me want to move to Portland and join.
And since I actually like Minnesota winters and have a community and little piece of land that I am extremely grateful to call home, it seemed like the next best thing to moving across the country to swap homemade food was the start a local group.
Enter the St. Croix Valley Food Swap.
The plan in my mind is to gather a loose collective of St. Croix Valley (eastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin along the St. Croix River area) food/sustainable living enthusiasts to meet monthly to swap homemade goods — though participation is certainly open to anyone who wants to join, regardless of geographical area. So, if you live in Portland and want to travel to Minnesota to swap, you are most welcome. Continue reading “Cultivating Community: St. Croix Valley Food Swap”