Forever Green Cookbook

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These days, knowing where our food comes from and how it’s grown is more important than ever. Along with taste and nutrition, we want to be sure that it’s good for the land and wildlife, that it provides our farmers with a sustainable livelihood, and that good food is accessible to everyone. Such is the work of the Forever Green Initiative (FGI); a University of Minnesota and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Research Service Program; which engages teams of experts in genomics, breeding, agronomics, soil health, and commercialization.

Since its outset, FGI has placed equal importance on working hand in hand with the farmers, rural communities, food businesses, policy makers, and consumers who insist that healthy food, healthy rural communities, and a healthy environment are not mutually exclusive. Many of them are familiar pantry staples – grains, flour, oils, nuts, fruit, and vegetables. Today, these are all being grown in ways that connect recent advances in agricultural methods with ancient knowledge. Here are delicious ingredients for conscientious cooks. After all, “eating is an agricultural act.” – Wendell Berry.

The 54-page Forever Green cookbook has 38 recipes that bring these crops into the kitchen. $12 per copy + $3 S&H. Bulk pricing is available. Contact: Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture,, 1-800-909-MISA (6472) to order. You can also order online at

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You are welcome to adapt and use these materials as needed; and to download, print, and distribute any portion of this cookbook. Please do not charge recipients more than the cost of printing and handling.

Please give the following credit: “This publication was developed by Beth Dooley in her role as Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the University of Minnesota and is published by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture.” Funding for this project was provided by The School of Agriculture Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems.

Copy Right: Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, 2021

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. The information given is for educational purposes only. Reference to commercial products or trade names is made with the understanding that no discrimination is intended and no endorsement by the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture is implied.

Related Resources:

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