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Arlene Jones

VIDEO:  "Who's at your table?" 

Arlene never thought she would be a farmer. Now she co-owns The Farm on St. Mathias, near Brainerd, with her husband, Bob, and forged a vital new role promoting locally-grown foods in our schools, hospitals, and restaurants. She started a for-profit food hub, SPROUT, which now markets the berries and vegetables raised by more than 50 local growers.
Arlene coordinates Farm-to-School and Farm-to-Institution marketing within a six-county area, along with a region-wide experimental program in which CSA shares are provided to at-risk families as a preventative prescription to improve their health. She is currently helping to plan a value-added large-scale processing facility, educational demonstration kitchen and a year-round grower and makers marketplace in Little Falls. 
Arlene frequently speaks at regional and national conferences on the economics of promoting locally-grown foods for local consumption. She is a BUSH Fellow.

Listen to ALL of the 2015 Talks & Performances

Luca Clemente: "From tent city to tiny house village"

COL Scott St. Sauver: "A MN approach to helping veterans heal"

Benjamin Thwaits: "Focusing a lens on human potential"

Sara Sherman: "Horses see our armor"

Mike Link and Kate Crowley: "Full Circle: Hiking around Lake Superior" 

Jason Edens: "A long-term solution to fuel poverty"

Hannah Stonehouse Hudson: "Empathy and the power of virtual communities"

Arlene Jones: "Who's at your table?"

Corey Medina: "Using blues to shed light"

Tane Danger: "Improv, wicked problems, and the platypus"

Marie Johnson: "Listening to the (her) heart"

Matthew Fluharty: "Changing the face of rural"

Rick McLean: "Storytelling through song"

Jessica Willits: "Reaching out in our schools"