Our guest this week, Dan Moe, is the owner of The Farm of Minnesota, a CSA just north of Hutchinson, MN.
Community-supported agriculture (CSA) began in the early 1960′s in Germany, Switzerland and Japan as a response to concerns about food safety and the urbanization of agricultural land. The idea took root in the US in the early 1980′s. Get more information on CSA’s by visiting this link.
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About Dan Moe
Dan Moe’s life at The Farm goes all the way back to the late 1960′s, when it was owned by his grandfather. After spending one summer by his grandfather’s side working on the farm he was hooked! He left Minnesota to attend college in California, and after coming to the decision that I was not engineering-minded, he opted to buy a cactus and succulent nursery. He later transitioned to running an avocado ranch.
In 1980 Dan had an opportunity to come back to the family farm when his grandfather retired. He was to busy and involved with the avocados and could not take advantage of this opportunity to migrate back to Minnesota. That opportunity came again 20 years later. Dan, along with his wife Donna, came back to Minnesota in 2000 and slowly began taking over a few acres of the family farm while leasing out the remainder to help cover costs. After a number of years experimenting and getting used to farming in Minnesota (different weather you know), they came across something new to them – Community Supported Agriculture.
This model seemed to fit perfectly with Dan’s absolute passion to bring highly nutritional food to the world.
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