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Student Farmer-to-Fork Initiatives Awarded Support from Land O'Lakes Global Food Challenge

Winning submissions for the Cultivate Community competition included expansion to the Cedar-Riverside community garden and support for classroom aquaponics for Wartburg College education majors

Student Farmer-to-Fork Initiatives Awarded Support from Land O'Lakes Global Food Challenge


In February, the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge announced its Cultivate Community competition. Open to all college students in the United States, students and student groups were tasked with submitting an idea that promotes efficiency in a food production system and helps feed the surrounding community, no matter how big or small. The 2019 winners are John Holm, University of Minnesota -- Twin Cities and Sadie Short, Becca Montgomery and Sidney Baumgartner, Wartburg College.

The first-place winner, John Holm, entered a proposal to add a youth and senior-focused expansion to the Cedar-Riverside community garden. The project seeks to promote greater involvement in the food system across age ranges to create a more community-focused narrative and encourage accessible healthy eating. The expansion will provide more space for youth involvement and a raised garden table for the use of elderly and those with mobility limitations.

The second-place award winners are a group of education majors from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Sadie Short, Becca Montgomery and Sidney Baumgartner entered a proposal to create a classroom aquaponics project that can be used for their education program. Creation of an aquaponics system will provide opportunities for students to see the food production process firsthand, regardless of weather or climate. Three schematic plans for a large, medium or small system can be easily housed in a normal-sized classroom and are designed for students of any age to experiment with plants and aquatic animals.

Land O’Lakes is thrilled to celebrate innovative ideation among young students. These projects especially underscore the importance of education around the farmer-to-fork journey. “These exceptional projects will contribute to the understanding of food security in local communities,” says Morgan Kinross-Wright, vice president of community relations and executive director of the Land O’Lakes, Inc. Foundation. “We look forward to seeing the work come to life and make a difference.”


About Land O'Lakes, Inc.
Land O'Lakes, Inc., one of America's premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2018 annual sales of $15 billion, Land O'Lakes is one of the nation's largest cooperatives, ranking 212 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 98 years of operation, Land O'Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands in agribusiness and food production including LAND O LAKES® Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition, WinField® United and Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O'Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minn.

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