The Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Rural Development announced the state will open its first farm this fall, a large, two-acre plot at the University of Minnesota, which was established in the mid-19th century.
Farmers will harvest about 3,000 pounds of pumpkin seeds a year, which will be shipped to the state, which plans to make the crop available to farmers who don’t have the money to purchase the crop.
The state also plans to build a greenhouse for the farm.
“The idea of growing our own food and our own vegetables is very appealing,” said Minnesota Gov.
Mark Dayton, a Democrat.
“There are so many opportunities here.”
Farmers have been asked to prepare about 25 million pounds of seed for the crop, which is expected to produce about 1 million pounds a year.
The seeds are sold to farmers at a cost of about $5.00 per pound.
“The state will have a small greenhouse for our crops,” Dayton said.
“This will allow for our own greenhouse to be in place and produce a decent amount of organic food.
I think that will help the state of Minnesota and the region as a whole.”
The new farm will be about one-third the size of the current farm at the old campus of the University Of Minnesota, but the size is small compared to the size that’s grown for the past several years.
The old farm was designed to hold about 150,000 plants and about 1,000 horses.
It was one of the largest farms in Minnesota.