Kim Rockman, director of Luverne’s Prairie Ally food forest, said there’s untold value in time spent outdoors and in eating fresh, locally grown foods. “Spaces like this, even though there’s not a lot of food being produced yet, it’s still just a great opportunity for people to come through and relax and watch the butterflies.”

Prairie Ally food forest yields free food for community

The pear tree at Luverne’s Prairie Ally food forest is loaded with pears that are ripe for picking.

On Monday they were still a bit crunchy, which is how Kim Rockman said she prefers them, but over the next several days she said they’ll be just right.


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