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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Applications must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2018. 

Feast Network partners Region Nine Development Commission and Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation will treat this information as confidential, not to be disclosed without permission. Information is requested solely to support your business needs.


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