The Inspiring Stories of Rust Hill Ranch and Renewing the Countryside
In a world where climate change and sustainability are becoming increasingly important, two individuals stand out for their dedication to making a difference in their communities. Matt Hardy, founder of Rust Hill Ranch, and Sara George, who helps run Renewing the Countryside, are both passionate about reducing their carbon footprints and empowering their communities. This blog post will share their inspiring stories and the impact they have made through their efforts.
### Matt Hardy and Rust Hill Ranch
Matt Hardy’s journey began when he and his family decided to leave the city during the unrest and pandemic situations, moving to a more rural setting in Franconia, Minnesota. There, he started Rust Hill Ranch, a 40-acre family farm focused on providing nutrient-dense food, soil restoration, and animal happiness. Overcoming the fear of uprooting and starting over, Matt’s story is a testament to the power of resilience and determination.
Rust Hill Ranch raises chickens and pigs, with a focus on sustainable farming practices. Matt’s efforts have not only provided his family with a healthier lifestyle but also contributed to reducing their carbon footprint. By supporting local food systems and promoting sustainable agriculture, Matt is making a tangible impact on his community and the environment.
### Sara George and Renewing the Countryside
Sara George works with Renewing the Countryside, a nonprofit organization that supports food systems and sustainable rural development. As a program coordinator, Sara facilitates systems that support an innovative model using farmers markets as low-cost food hubs for rural towns and smaller cities across Minnesota.
Sara’s dedication to increasing access to healthy foods for all is evident in her work with the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association, and other partners. Her efforts have led to the creation of agreements with licensers, enabling more markets to provide healthy food options to their communities.
In addition to her work with Renewing the Countryside, Sara is also a coordinator for Wisconsin Women in Conservation. This organization focuses on supporting women landowners and fostering collaboration among them. Sara’s commitment to empowering women in agriculture and conservation further demonstrates her passion for creating a more sustainable future.
### United We Transform
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By connecting individuals and organizations for growth, funding, and investment opportunities, the United We Transform movement is starting to play a role in supporting the efforts of Matt Hardy and Sara George. Their stories serve as shining examples of community empowerment, showcasing the impact that can be made when people come together to address pressing issues.
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https://rusthill.com (NOTE – I buy their delicious chickens for my family. 10x better than Whole Foods of Kowalskis)