Curated by Phoebe Ward
Southwestern Minnesota is a place of intensive agriculture, which makes it both a vital part of Minnesota's food system as a whole and an ecosystem threatened by groundwater contamination. The following interviews examine everything from the travails of migrant workers to the specifics of running a water treatment plant in the region. The interviewees all work to better the lives of residents in this part of Minnesota.
Use: I am an undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota, and I would like to use the items featured here to gain an understanding of the diverse perspectives and disparate interests present in the southwestern Minnesota food system. I also think that I am not the only one who would find an interdisciplinary collection of primary sources on this area useful.
Method: The following interviews come from an oral history project helmed by Bat of Minerva director Peter Shea. They have been drawn from the Blue Earth, Steele, Watonwan, Brown, Redwood, Cottonwood, and Jackson counties.