Oliver Kelley Farm Donates More Than 9,000 lbs of Food

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Release dated: 
November 23, 2020
Media contacts: 

Jessica Kohen, Strategic Communications, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org or Anders Mayland, Oliver Kelley Farm, 763-324-0187, anders.mayland@mnhs.org

Oliver Kelley Farm Donates More Than 9,000 lbs of Food

By the end of the growing season staff at the Oliver Kelley Farm said they donated 9,070 pounds of fresh produce to their local food shelf CAER, Community Aid of Elk River. 

“It was really incredible to be able to help in this way,” said Anders Mayland, site manager of the Kelley Farm. “With the global pandemic presenting so many challenges, it has been truly gratifying to be able to keep gardening through the fall and to support our neighbors through this difficult time.”

In March, farm staff transformed an interpretive garden into a victory garden, growing fruits and vegetables that would be the most useful for community members served by the food shelf. They plan to continue the donations and will grow lettuce indoors this winter. 

The Oliver Kelley Farm opened to the public for select Saturday programs in 2020. A schedule for 2021 will be available in spring. 

About the Oliver Kelley Farm
The Oliver Kelley Farm, a National Historic Landmark, was the home of Oliver H. Kelley, founder of the Grange, the first successful national farming organization. The 1860s farmstead, modern visitor center and farm lab showcase the story of farming, food and agriculture—past and present. The farm is located at 15788 Kelley Farm Road, 2.5 miles southeast of Elk River on U.S. Highway 10. For more information, visit www.mnhs.org/kelleyfarm

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