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Third Crop Walk-n-Talks planned

FAIRMONT -- Third Crop Walk-n-Talks are planned throughout the state next month by Rural Advantage and the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

The programs aim to increase knowledge of potential third crop species and their uses and markets. The goal is to diversify the Minnesota landscape with a more sustainable cropping system that includes targeted perennial crops in addition to corn and soybeans.

The 2013 field days will focus on production and research in sustainable agriculture and local foods.

In this area, Walk-n-Talks are planned Aug. 9, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Fairmont Community Gardens, 507 West Lake Ave., Fairmont, on growing nutrient-dense foods; and on Aug. 14, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Alternative Roots Farm, 11197 130th St., Madelia, on small-scale CSA management.

For more information about all of the programs, contact Rural Advantage at (507) 238-5449.