About the FARM
The FARM has three primary objectives:
- To provide high-quality fresh produce for clients and their families
- To provide opportunities for clients and their families to learn gardening skills
- To provide community members the chance to contribute their time and talents
We are building a Deep Winter Greenhouse!
The Bemidji Community Food Shelf will be one of five sites in Minnesota to construct a Deep Winter Greenhouse (DWG). This exciting and innovative structure is a prototype designed by the University of Minnesota and will allow the Farm to grow greens and vegetables for food shelf families all year round! To be completed in Fall 2017, the DWG will demonstrate sustainable, local food production and be a great learning resource for our community.
This project is in partnership with the U-MN Extension and supported by grants from the Bernick’s Foundation and Beltrami Electric’s Round-Up Program. To learn more about this statewide initiative click here.
The Bemidji Community Food Shelf loves our volunteers and could not survive without them. If you are one of the volunteers, thank you!
Many of you know that the food shelf started a farm three years ago. This farm was established so that our food shelf customers could enjoy fresh produce. Just like the food shelf, The Farm needs volunteers to be successful. We are looking for willing and eager people to help plant, weed and harvest at our Farm. No experience is necessary! All ages are welcome, including children. Group volunteering is encouraged, as well. Any amount of time you can gift to us will be greatly appreciated!
We are located at the Bemidji Community Food Shelf, 1260 Exchange Ave. SE, Bemidji, across the street from the Habitat ReStore.
(Note: If interested in working on The FARM, come prepared to work! No opened toe shoes; sunscreen and water is strongly encouraged.)
If you would like to help out, or have questions, feel free to contact Farm Manager, Hannah Klemm: (218) 444-6580; BCFSfarm@gmail.com.
Thank you for Keeping Us Growing!
Thanks to all those involved in making the garden possible!!
- R.J. Zavoral & Sons Construction Co, and Knife River Material Co for site preparation;
- Karvakko Engineering for 15 native tree species;
- Bemidji Coop for raised bed materials, hand tools, and deer fencing;
- Turtle River Wood Treating for raised be materials;
- Ron Koetter for raised bed and compost bin material;
- Bobcat of Bemidji for tractor and tiller rental;
- Lakes Concrete for top soil;
- Dick’s Plumbing for work and materials on the rain water collection system;
- Dave Eichstadt for plowing the garden;
- L & M Fleet Supply for discounted power equipment;
- ABC Seamless for discounted gutter and downspout;
- Reierson Construction for really nice peat moss;
- And many wonderful community members continue to donate time, tools, labor and plants, and although we can’t list all of your names here, please know you are very much appreciated!!
A special thanks to Roy Blackwood for designing and building the wheelchair accessible raised beds, and the Developmental Achievement Center for providing labor and up to four acres for future development.
For current updates visit our facebook page.
The Bemidji Food Shelf FARM is a 3 phase process, spanning over the next few years. The following is a link to the information that will help explain this process.