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April 26: Benefits of Selling, Eating Locally Raised Produce

Students for Sustainability to host presentation by New Ulm's Janice Guldan.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Centennial Student Union News Release, 4-24-2012

Janice Guldan, whose New Ulm family farm has been locally marketing fruits and vegetables since 1980, will be the featured speaker Thursday, April 26, at 7 p.m. in the Centennial Student Union at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Hosted by the student group Students for Sustainability, the free presentation in CSU Room 284 will focus on the benefits of selling and eating locally raised produce.

Guldan and her husband, Dennis, converted their family farm from raising conventional grain to raising vegetables common to the southern Minnesota climate as well as strawberries, raspberries, rhubarb and other fruits. Their local produce has been sold at farmers’ markets in the Mankato and New Ulm region.

The Guldans also participate in the Community Supported Agriculture program where consumers purchase “shares” – often consisting of a weekly box of seasonal fruit or vegetables – from a local producer.

Guldan’s presentation will focus on consumer advantages in purchasing locally and how consumers can be assured and confidence of food’s freshness, knowing it traveled less than 100 miles to reach the family dining table. She also will answer questions about starting local produce operations and tips on buying locally.

Jared Schwab, a member of the Students For Sustainability organization, said Guldan’s program supports the group’s mission of educating people on ways to use their purchasing power and their voice to create a greener world.

Schwab said the organization hopes to provide students with opportunities to do environment-related work and inform them about local, national, and world issues that involve sustainability, ecological change, and effective use of resources. Schwab also said the group is willing to volunteer in community and river clean-up programs.

Those who want more information may contact Jared Schwab at 507-794-7142 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.

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