Minnesota's Farming Heritage

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,977
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$87,050
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$96,000
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient
Minnesota Zoo
Recipient Type
State Government
Status
In Progress
Activity Type
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subd. 9
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$100,977
Number of full time equivalents funded
1.7
Measurable Outcome(s)
  • Increased attendance (14,102 attendees in October 2013, a 47% increase over the prior year’s corresponding weekends)
  • Positive survey feedback: 90% satisfaction rating of Harvest Festival experience.
  • During the Summer 2013 season, participation in the Zoo Farmers Market increased.
  • Approximately 4,500 guests attended the Farmers Market this season.
  • A musical artist was featured in Summer 2013 at each weeks Zoo Farmers Market, an added feature which received consistently positive feedback in surveys.
  • Sustainable seafood cooking demonstrations educated guests about increasing worldwide demand for seafood and how to purchase fish caught or farmed using environmentally friendly practices.
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of 2013, Chapter 137, Article 4, Section 2, Subd. 9
Appropriation Language

These amounts are appropriated to the Minnesota Zoological Board for programs and development of the Minnesota Zoological Garden and to provide access to the arts, arts education, and cultural heritage of Minnesota.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$87,050
Number of full time equivalents funded
1.7
Measurable Outcome(s)
  • In FY14, this program made the Wells Fargo Family Farm experience available to an additional 143,500 zoo guests.
  • Increased attendance (14,102 attendees in FY14, a 47% increase over the prior year’s corresponding weekends)
  • Positive survey feedback: 90% satisfaction rating of Harvest Festival experience.
  • Approximately 5,000 guests attended the Farmer’s Market FY14.
  • Sustainable seafood cooking demonstrations educated guests about increasing worldwide demand for seafood and how to purchase fish caught or farmed using environmentally friendly practices.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of 2015, 1st Special Session Chapter 2, Article 4, Section 2
Appropriation Language

For programs and development of the Minnesota Zoological Garden and to provide access and education related to programs on the cultural heritage of Minnesota

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$96,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
1.22
Measurable Outcome(s)

• The Wells Fargo Family Farm experience made available to 1,015,400 Zoo guests.

• Farmer’s market available three days during the summer.

Project Overview

Farming is at the heart of Minnesota’s history and development, yet today more than half of all Minnesotans live in urban or suburban settings with little or no exposure to Minnesota’s agricultural history or culture. The Wells Fargo Family Farm provides an opportunity for the Zoo’s 1.3 million guests to experience a working farm, directly interact with farm staff and animals, and learn to appreciate agricultural food production.

 Legacy Farm Program

Legacy funds allow the Minnesota Zoo to extend the season of the Wells Fargo Family Farm beyond its historical May to September season to include full programming and exhibits from April through November. 

Farmer’s Market

The objective of the Minnesota Zoo Farmers’ Market is to support and promote the local farming community while educating people on the importance of sustainability. Supported with a small amount of Legacy funding, inclement weather limited the success of the market in the summer of 2016.  

Project Manager
First Name
Mary
Last Name
Robison
Organization Name
Minnesota Zoological Garden
Street Address
13000 Zoo Boulevard
City
Apple Valley
State
MN
Zip Code
55124
Phone
9524319469
Email
mary.robison@state.mn.us