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Celebrating the local food economy

Fraya Webster's goat, Elyse, has a staring match with service dog Casper at the 4-H goat pen.1 / 7
Bella Cilochetti smiles as she watches Louise Young of the Duluth Fiber Arts Guild demonstrate how to spin wool into yarn.2 / 7
Cameron Gustafson follows his sister Grace into the tiny solar house created by the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society.3 / 7
Heidi Bartig hands Megan Forcia and Colin Nowicki money for her selected squash. Nowicki and Forcia were with the University of Minnesota Duluth Sustainable Agriculture Project farm stand. The UMD SAP farm will host the Food and Farm Festival 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 3568 Riley Rd. For more information find the festival on Facebook.4 / 7
Aaron Slattengren refills the squash stock in the Duluth Flower Company market stand.5 / 7
Korla Dalen of the Northern Harvest Farm shares a smile as she passes Alicia Coughlin her bag of fresh produce.6 / 7
Northern Harvest Farm offers a free sample of their carrots to a wandering marketplace shopper at the Lake Superior Harvest Festival.7 / 7

Farmers, weavers, entertainers and renewable energy experts took over Bayfront Park on Saturday, Sept. 10. The 23rd annual Lake Superior Harvest Festival focused on "highlight the power of local economy," according to director Clare Hintz.

"We're highlighting how much abundance there is here in the region. We spend millions of dollars on food every year, but only a fraction of that is going to local food. So if we could even spend a dollar more each week on locally produced food, we'd add thousands of jobs and money back to the region. That's exactly what we're highlighting here, the potential of local economy," Hintz said.

The festival included many educational exhibits which showcased practical sustainable changes people can make in their own homes. Attendees could ask experts questions about solar paneling, explore a tiny house, talk with a master gardener, examine a new trade or draft and find out more about backyard composting. (Photos by Teri Cadeau)

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Budgeteer.

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