A quick update on the Northfield Area Latino Farmers and our Poultry CSA Operation.
-          As always, visiting our weblog www.latinoenterprisecenter.org gives you more information and pictures about different projects we are working on.
-          We have assembled a group to launch the MN Latino Farmers Cooperative, we will be incorporating this new enterprise in the coming weeks.
-          The Northfield Area Poultry CSA will become the first producer associated with the cooperative.
-          The cooperative will then assemble a statewide support infrastructure to produce and market Latino farmer products in cooperation with farmers in other communities.
-          Our Northfield poultry operation is running its second pick-up day tomorrow Friday the 27th, so far we have produced over 2200 lbs of chicken and have birds growing for an estimated total of 5,000 lbs , every other week we get a new batch in, so we will have 9 more batches before the season is over for another total of around 9,000 lb of finished birds.  Though this may have any significance in the poultry industry, it has a great meaning to the folks who are growing this enterprise.
-          One of the poultry growers is now also tending 2 acres of vegetables, we expect him to move into farming full time probably for the 2009 season if we can assemble the marketing and support systems to keep his operation growing.
-          This week, we received our Minnesota Department of Agriculture food handlers license, if you know of a friend who owns a restaurant and is interested in serving naturally grown free range chicken, please help us spread the word.  The number to call is below.
-          We have certified a delivery unit which consists of a trailer and two freezers, with capacity for 2 more freezers for regional delivery.
-          If you want to visit our place tomorrow, purchase a bird or two to try or simply want to come and visit the operation, our pick-up days are also a sort of open house.  The address is 4597 315th street west, Northfield, MN and we will be open for new customers and visitors from 1 to 5 pm.
-          Our pick-up days are Fridays every other week with the last one on October 31st
Thank you for all of your support.
Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin
Latino Enterprise Center
207 Third Street W.
Northfield, MN 55057
Tel: 952 201 8852
a Program of Main Street Project

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