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Minnesota NRCS employees recently spent one of their weekends sharing their passion for helping people help the land at Milkapalooza!  The outreach event took place on Saturday, June 23 at the Cedar Summit Farms in Scott County, Minnesota.  Cedar Summit produces organic milk products for the Twin Cities food market.

MilkapaloozaThe event attracted a large number of city dwellers to an active dairy farm southwest of the Twin Cities.  “For many of the children in attendance this was their first time ever to visit a farm to see where their milk came from,” said Douglas Miller, Area Resource Soil Scientist. 

NRCS employees John Crellin, Kathy DesForge and John Zinn also provided their technical expertise at a few of the learning stations such as for soil health and pasture management.  The employees shared basic knowledge with their guests so that they had a better understanding of agriculture, natural resources and how NRCS can make a difference on the land. 

Events such as Milkapolooza bring people together from varying walks of life and helps breakdown knowledge barriers that may exist between the farm and the city.  As for next year’s milkapolooza, chances are you will see NRCS employees spending another week-end at Cedar Summit. 

Since the Dust Bowl of the 1930’s, NRCS has worked with conservation districts and others throughout the U.S. to help landowners, as well as Federal, State, Tribal, and local governments and community groups.

For additional information regarding NRCS’ role at this outreach event please contact Douglas Miller at

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