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Toxic Taters to teach organic potato farming

SEBEKA—Toxic Taters, known for its work fighting what it calls the damages of chemically intensive industrial potato farming, will be hosting its fourth annual organic potato tour from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at Yellow Rose Organic Farm in Sebeka.

"According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture frozen potato products typically are contaminated with the residue of 24 different pesticides. Those are carcinogens, neurotoxins, developmental toxins, all sorts of stuff you don't want to eat, but can't wash off. So, the big question is—how do we feed people, if we want to eat to live instead of eating to die? That's what Toxic Taters is going to be addressing at our organic potato farm tour this year," said Toxic Taters Coordinator Amy Mondloch, in a news release.

Yellow Rose Organic Farm owner Larry Heitkamp will share stories of his experiences growing food as healthy as it can be. He produces certified organic potatoes, beef, eggs, and grain that is processed and marketed locally.

Cragun's Resort Chef Brian Diumenti and his staff are planned to provide a organic luncheon for the event.

"For a chef, it is such an honor to build friendships with local farmers like Larry. His passion and love for what he does shows in his product. Therefore it makes it easy to create delicious food when you start with amazing ingredients." said Diumenti.

This all-ages event is free and will be at Yellow Rose Organic Farm, 29408 189th Ave., Sebeka. For more information, call 218-375-2600 or visit www.toxictaters.org.