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Earth Dance Farms


By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Health & Wellness

This is just a sample of the many fresh foods available from Earth Dance Farm. Photo submitted

Just under six miles north of Spring Valley, among the patchwork fields of our county, sits a small family farm rich in color, vision, and consequently, flavor. Founded in 2005, by Norm Gross and Laurie Nelsen, Earth Dance Farms is a sustainable CSA farm annually producing more than 60 varieties of vegetables, greens, herbs, and fruit, as well as honey and eggs.

“The land is a gift to be cared for and nourished before it is passed on to the next steward. It is a relationship where there is a communication and kinship,” notes Norm. “It is with joy and good, honest sweat that we work these fields to produce the most nutritious and flavor-filled vegetables and fruits that you can find.”

Surprisingly enough, the farm wasn’t always something that Norm longed for. Growing up on a 160-acre farm near Harlan, Iowa, he and his twelve siblings were used to the life. “We milked, raised chickens and had large gardens,” he says. “We seemed to do just fine. But I didn’t want that for the longest time.” He credits his wife, who grew up on a hobby farm in Eagan, for helping persuade him to make the change. “I think she just needed to get away from the stimulation of the city.”

Living and working in the Twin Cities for 20 years, the duo would often reflect in conversation, looking at how they were raised and how they were raising their own children, Noah (19) and Adriana (16). Then, in 2004, Norm’s best friend was killed tragically. “It made me think about life. It was somewhat spiritual and I finally came around,” he adds.

The seven-year process to begin the farm has been a smooth transition, but there have been hurdles along the way. “To get established, it’s hard just to find and buy land,” says Norm. “You have to have a good economic base to kick off.” The couple eased into farming, floating the plan for several years with Laurie working first at the university and now Mayo and Norm retaining a 25 percent ownership in a Twin Cities business.

The family had been familiar with the concept of CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), which sells a particular number of shares to members in exchange for a certain amount of fresh, locally grown food and products. Share members of Foxtail Farm in Osceola, Wisconsin for ten years, Norm worked one day a week for a year, all the while with notebook in hand researching, at the farm. “I wanted to get a handle on it,” he s .....
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The Biggest Loser challenge has begun

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

Coffee Street Fitness & Dance of Lanesboro, Minn. has begun its Biggest Loser Challenge as of Monday, January 7, 2013, and will continue until June 2013. The program was initiated by Melinda Coscarelli Lutes, owner of Coffee Street Fitness & Dance o ..... 
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Taking back her life

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

Brandy Allen found out she had Crohn’s Disease in 2008, but she had been suffering long before then. She had been experiencing crippling stomach pains and had been in and out of emergency rooms and hospitals. “It felt like somebody was stabbi ..... 
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Eat for Equity feast coming to Lanesboro

Fri, Feb 1st, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Health & Wellness

By Lori Slindee Eat for Equity, Lanesboro Local, and the Lanesboro Arts Center are coming together for a delightful evening of food and celebration. Eat for Equity is returning on Saturday, February 16 to put on a delicious dinner, locally grown an ..... 
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Radioactive gas is persistent health risk in Minnesota

Fri, Jan 25th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Every hour, one person in the US dies from radon-related lung cancer. It is the largest environmental cancer risk and the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Fortunately, the risk is largely preventable. Fillmore County Public Health a ..... 
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Gundersen Lutheran sets up flu information line

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

Given the increase in the number of people affected with the flu, Gundersen Lutheran has a set up a special hotline for information on the flu. The number for the Influenza Information Line is (608) 775-0364 or toll-free at (800) 362-9567, ext. 50 ..... 
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Spring Valley Senior Living offers free blood pressure screening

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley Health & Wellness

Pictured: Spring Valley Senior Living home health nurse, Alyssa Christianson, takes Bernice Ostern’s blood pressure. Blood pressure screenings are offered free to area community members at Spring Valley Senior Living on the second Thursday of the ..... 
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Minnesota traffic deaths up in 2012

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in All Health & Wellness

ST. PAUL — For the first time in five years, the number of traffic deaths increased in Minnesota as 378 people were killed in 2012, according to preliminary reports from the Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety. In 2011, 368 ..... 
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“Help Our Neighbors” helps senior citizens in the their homes

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in Chatfield Health & Wellness

An organization called Help Our Neighbors can be the key to helping Senior Citizens stay in their homes and active in the community by providing services they need to stay independent. The services that the Help Our Neighbors organization assists wi ..... 
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