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Content by Kari O'Neill

A male vendor serving a strawberry sample to an older woman at a farmers market stand.

South Dakota Local Foods Network Hosts Listening Session

May 13, 2020

The South Dakota Local Foods Network invites those interested in South Dakota local food production, marketing or distributing to attend an upcoming listening session on Thursday, May 21 at 8:00 a.m. MDT; 9:00 a.m. CDT.

2017-2018 South Dakota Change Network Cohort group

South Dakota Change Network Applications Open

April 20, 2020

SDSU Extension is seeking South Dakotans who see opportunities to lead change in their organizations and communities to apply for the South Dakota Change Network.

Two local government officials hosting a video meeting with their constituents.

Staying Involved in Local Government

Participation in government is a right of all citizens that leaders fought for when our country began. Ensuring that residents can turn out to voice their opinions during this time of balance with public health means governing bodies have had to be creative in their approach to doing business.

Two women preparing take-out containers for drive-up meal service.

Creative Ways to Serve Community Meals

At a time when we all need to use caution with human contact, the ideas of human fellowship remains important to our mental health. People are getting creative with ideas of serving their rural communities in new ways.

A group of young workers sitting at a table putting their hands together.

South Dakota Change Network Announces 18 Changemakers

February 18, 2020

SDSU Extension is pleased to announce the 18 South Dakotans selected to the third cohort of the South Dakota Change Network.

A male conference attendee in a black cap constructing a homemade dream catcher. A woman sitting next to him is closely watching.

2019 Energize! Conference Evaluation Report

Evaluation Report for the 2019 Energize Conference held in Lemmon, South Dakota.

A group of employees working as a team at a meeting.

Gregory Dallas Chamber to Host SDSU Extension Grant Writing Workshop

April 02, 2019

The Gregory Dallas Area Chamber, in collaboration with SDSU Extension, will offer a grant writing workshop, Writing Your Future, May 15, 2019, at the Gregory Public Library (112 E 5th St).

a wooden sign for a community garden

Community Gardens: Lease Agreements

Once the location of your community garden has been determined, it is suggested that you draft a lease agreement outlining the expectations and responsibilities of the community garden group and the landlord.

at a South Dakota Specialty Producers Association meeting Peggy Schlechter (left) and Kari O'Neill present

SDSU Extension Community Vitality Team Works with All Communities

December 18, 2018

SDSU Extension's Community Vitality team works with any community to help plan, set actionable goals and achieve success.

2017-2018 South Dakota Change Network Cohort group

Rural Community Leaders meet in Mitchell for South Dakota Change Network Cohort Meeting

January 24, 2019

South Dakota change agents will gather in Mitchell June 19-21, 2018 to celebrate the positive change they are making in communities across the state as a result of a projects inspired and developed during a year-long fellowship, through the South Dakota Change Network Cohort, a project funded by the Bush Foundation and advised by SDSU Extension Community Vitality Field Specialist, Kari O'Neill.