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Carol Ford holding a basket overflowing with various kinds of fresh produce.
September 6, 2017

Carol Ford is good at imagining a brighter future. Even more importantly, Ford is good at taking steps to make that vision a reality. Whether writing a “hero’s tale” modern novel, creating a winter Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project, or building one of the first Deep Winter Greenhouses (DWG), Ford is an innovator.

Student project word cloud shaped like Minnesota.
September 6, 2017

Across the state of Minnesota, University of Minnesota students serve communities and make connections between hands-on community-based projects and their own academic pursuits. As part of the University of Minnesota Extension Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships’ (RSDP) mission to connect community needs with University resources, students’ energy, passion, and burgeoning skill sets provide fuel for many RSDP projects.

Sean Yang squatting in a community garden with a small child standing in front of him.
February 3, 2017

Today, Sean Yang is a board member for the University of Minnesota Extension Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (RSDP), a council member for the City of Walnut Grove, an active volunteer with the Economic Development Administration, a volunteer for the elderly, and a loving husband and father. However, he didn’t start that way.

Hank Ludtke
January 15, 2017

Politician. That word has a lot of connotations. However, politician stems from the root world polis, or city, making politicians “people of the city.” Meeting Hank Ludtke—nine-year mayor of Frazee, Central Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (Central RSDP) board member, volunteer with over half a dozen organizations, neighbor, friend and father—I was reminded of that original meaning.

David Abazs of Organic Consumers Association in Finland, the first community partner to build the prototype DWG as part of RSDP’s statewide initiative.
January 15, 2017

So, what are you hoping you’ll see in the future with Deep Winter Greenhouses (DWGs)? “A good place for the whole garden operation.” “I think it’d be neat to see this implemented both on the home scale and on the more production scale.” “More research and development!” “I’m really hoping to see more of these greenhouses being used at schools.”

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