1.       Grow as much of your own food (organically) as possible! It’s incredibly satisfying, need not take a tremendous amount of work, and can be done anywhere you can find a few square feet of soil (or put out some potted plants). (Start with a look at If you need garden space in Northfield, see for information about the Northfield Community Garden, which should begin operation the spring of 2007.)

2.       Buy from local growers directly at the Northfield Farmer’s Market; Riverside Park, 7th Street; Contact:  Calvin Pflaum (651) 463-3577; May-October Tuesday, Friday & Saturday. More general information at

3.       Become a member of a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm. (For example, Valley Creek Community Farm; case study at,com_smartpages/task,view/id,183/; (507) 645-6414, or Big Woods Farm ; (507) 334-3335.

4.       Become a member of Just Food Cooperative and buy organic and locally produced foods (516 S. Water St., Northfield; (507) 650-0106;

5.       Start a compost pile. Composting kitchen waste and some yard wastes (e.g. grass clippings, non-woody plant trimmings, and leaves) both reduces the amount of waste you send to the landfill and produces high quality compost which improves soil fertility and tilth. (See, for example,

6.       Eat lower on the food chain. Reducing consumption of meat from grain-fed livestock, and eating more unprocessed or minimally processed whole grains, legumes, fruits and vegetables can both improve personal health and reduce the environmental impact of food production. (See, for example,