Bus tour, classes scheduled at annual event

The Lake Agassiz Chapter of the Sustainable Farming Association invites the community to the third annual Deep Roots Festival at Slow Cycle Farm near Richville on September 23, 2023. The festival is an opportunity to celebrate local foods and farms and is open to everyone. 

The festival itself runs from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Prior to the festival, there is a bus tour from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

This family-friendly event will feature an optional bus tour of multiple local operations, educational workshops, kids activities, live music, and foods and goods from local farms. 

Festival organizer Kelsey Wulf says, “We are so excited to be welcoming everyone back for our third annual festival. This year, we really wanted to focus on connecting local producers with their communities, so we have a great lineup of vendors taking part this year. We also have seen such a demand for hands-on learning, so we focused on offering really great classes people can walk away from with a new skill.”

Deep Roots Festival began in 2020 with the goal of inviting the public to celebrate the harvest season with the local farm community. The mission of the main sponsor, the Sustainable Farming Association, is to support sustainable agriculture in Minnesota.

Tickets cost $15 per person or $10 for SFA members. Youths 12 and under are free.

To purchase tickets in advance and for a complete schedule of events, go to www.deep-roots-festival.com. All proceeds go to sustainable agriculture promotion and education in the region. For more information, contact the Lake Agassiz Chapter at lakeagassiz@sfa-mn.org. This event is held in part with a grant from Renewing the Countryside. 

Bus Tour and Class Schedule Info:


12:30-1:15 p.m.
Regenerative Tour of Slow Cycle Farm
Shitake Mushroom Cultivation
Fiber Arts Demonstration

1:30-2:15 p.m.
Garlic Planting Workshop
Mead Making 101
Strictly Mushrooms

Hydroponics for Everyone
Fermentation for Beginners
Basics of Herbal Balms


Silver Dust Farm
Come meet Ken and Dori Larson at their organic, sixty-cow dairy farm in Ottertail. Silver Dust Farm is a local producer for Organic Valley Cooperative.

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the incredibly popular local greenhouse that specializes in apple trees and an eclectic mix of offerings.

 Deep Winter Greenhouse
Join our host, John Saleman at Slow Cycle Farm for an in-depth tour of the innovative Deep Winter Greenhouse design.