Erickson to speak on benefits of growing hazelnuts

November 14, 2018

WINONA — Norm Erickson, of Lake City, will speak Thursday at Minnesota State College Southeast on his experience growing hazelnuts.

The event is part of the college’s Sustainable Agriculture Speaker Series, offering the opportunity to meet with experts who are challenging conventional food and farming systems with alternatives that are socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable.

Hazelnuts are a sustainable and environmentally friendly crop yielding a variety of products including food, oil, feed, and biodiesel. Erickson, and his his wife, Mary, are the owners and operators of Hazelnut Valley Farm LLC in Lake City where they produce roasted hazelnuts, hazelnut oil for skin care, and seedlings.

Norm Erickson will explain the potential of hazelnuts in Minnesota as a sustainable and environmentally friendly crop yielding a variety of products. In addition to nut production, Norm’s farm also boasts a unique greenhouse with innovative use of solar energy and energy storage.The

Thursday’s event begins with a 5 p.m. social hour before the 6 p.m. presentation. It will be at MSC Southeast’s Winona Campus, 1250 Homer Road, Winona. Admission is $15; free for students with a college ID.

Register online, www.southeastmn.edu/training, or call 507-453-2740.

Norm and Mary Erickson are the owners/operators of next event in the speaker series will be Dec. 13, when instructors Bruno Borsari and Liz Micheel will introduce the new Sustainable Food and Farming degree program at MSC Southeast.

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