Rural communities are like none other. And the community I live in is no exception. Yes, the nearest Target and Starbucks are an hour away, but life is much more than that. Four years ago, a grassroots group called Project 1590 (highway 15 and I-90) was started in Fairmont. Members of the core grassroots group wanted to enhance the vitality, livability and health of Fairmont/Martin County. The main question this group focused on was, “What can we do to make this area better for people already living here or for those that want to move here?” Project 1590 is instrumental in a number of community enhancements and one of the offshoots of this group is “From the Ground Up.” This group acknowledges the importance of agriculture within our community with the question, how do we celebrate our agriculture community?
And, From the Ground Up was born.
From the Ground Up
Our group focused on implementing an invitation only, farm-to-table event located on a working farm in the county. The first two years we focused on a hog farm due mostly to the high prevalence of hogs in our county. Our county sells over 2,000,000 hogs per year. This year, we focused on a crop farm with a “export market” theme. We truly live in a global world and our local agriculture is affected by export markets. The event is funded by sponsorships and is also used as a fundraiser where we split profits with our local FFA groups and the general Project 1590.