Want to grow specialty crops such as grapes, baby ginger, hops, sweet potatoes, berries or cultivated mushrooms?

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has produced a series of 12 audio tapes on interesting enterprises for Minnesota farms or hobby farms.

Each 60-second spotlight profiles a Minnesota grower who produces non-traditional crops. Topics also include processes such as growing flowers, extending the growing season, adding value to produce with pickling and preserving, and producing honey.

A website that’s part of the project offers links to longer interviews and more information about each crop or topic.

The project was produced with block grant funds from the USDA specialty crop program.

For more information, go to www.mda.state.mn.us/spotlight

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