Fairhaven Farm: Segment 1 of Northern Roots 2: Revitalizing Local Food in the Western Lake Superior Region

Local food is where it’s at! This video profiles Fairhaven Farm, an organic farm featuring an outdoor pizza oven located near Duluth. Information about how to sign up for community-supported agriculture shares is at fairhaven.farm.

Farmers John and Emily Beaton have a set of principles that include the following ideas:

  1. We are all connected.
  2. If we respect the earth (soil, plants, and all living beings), the earth will support us.
  3. Our health and happiness depends on what we consume (or don’t consume).
  4. Food should not be mere sustenance–food should be nourishing and beautiful and should taste good, too.
  5. Food should be cooked with butter and love and enjoyed–slowly–with friends and family.
  6. Flowers are always a good idea.


Northern Roots 2: Revitalizing Local Food in the Western Lake Superior Region

This video is one of five segments created by students in the ethnobotany course taught in the fall of 2019 by Dr. David Syring at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Segments include:

  • Fairhaven Farm
  • Indigenous Food Sovereignty
  • Round River Farm in Finland, MN
  • UpNorth Farm (mycology)
  • The Land Lab@UMD


Collectively, they make up a sequel to the 2013 film Northern Roots: Growing Food in the Western Lake Superior Region.

The other segments of Northern Roots 2 will be available over the next few weeks on a YouTube playlist.

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