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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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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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Open House at Spring Valley Senior Living Evergreens

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Spring Valley Health & Wellness

Spring Valley Senior Living (SVSL) will host an Open House celebrating the five-year anniversary of the Evergreens on November 9, 2012, from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Evergreens, 800 Memorial Dr ..... 
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