Region Nine has been awarded a grant by the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation and Compeer to launch a Feast! Smart Start program in South Central Minnesota! This program will help build resources for creating a sustainable and resilient food economy by providing training to local food entrepreneurs.

Region Nine’s Feast! Smart Start program will provide support for five individual farm and food entrepreneurs through a defined, structured technical assistance and coaching process. Participants will leave the one-year program with tangible skills and a driven plan to continue growth with their business.

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For more information about the program contact Kristian Breakken, senior regional planner, at (507) 389-8862 or