- Drake Journal of Agricultural Law Review
- Agricultural Impact Mitigation Plan For Organic Agricultural Land
- Legal Documents Submitted by Diffley’s Gardens of Eagan in the MinnCan Routing Procedure.
- Township and County Resolutions
- Judge Heydinger’s Recommendation
- Additional Materials of Interest
- Media on the MinnCan Pipeline and Gardens of Eagan Intervention
- Lessons I learned in the MinnCan proceeding
- Thank You So Much!
- Tips on Public Testimony to Protect Organic Farms
Diffley’s Gardens of Eagan – Minncan Pipeline: Documents
Drake Journal of Agricultural Law Review
PIPELINES, POWER LINES, AND ORGANIC FARMS, by Paula Goodman Maccabee
The routing and siting of MPL’s MinnCan crude oil pipeline project provides a case study to assist in protecting organic farms from energy infrastructure. Affidavits and a highly detailed organic management plan established that the Diffley’s Gardens of Eagan had had fifteen years of careful soil building to develop fertility and explicit plans for the use of non-crop producing areas of the farm for water drainage and beneficial habitat for birds, insects and mammals. Article includes the Organic Mitigation Appendix.
Agricultural Impact Mitigation Plan For Organic Agricultural Land
Legal Documents Submitted by Diffley’s Gardens of Eagan in the MinnCan Routing Procedure.
- Testimony of Dr. Deborah Allen, Soil Scientist and Organic Researcher
- Testimony of James Riddle, Organic Certification Specialist
- Testimony of Craig Minowa, Environmental Scientist
- Gardens of Eagan Proposal for Modification of Agricultural Impact Mitigation Plan and Environmental Assessment
- Affidavit of Lindy Bannister | Wedge Co-op General manager
- Affidavit of Dana Jackson | Land Stewardship Project
- Affidavit of Atina Diffley | Gardens of Eagan
- Gardens of Eagan Proposed Finding of Facts
Judge Heydinger’s Recommendation
Additional Materials of Interest
- Pipeline Construction Sequence Graphic
- Letter From Our Organic Certifier | International Certification Services
- Lyrics – Soil Versus Oil – The Pipeline Song
- Pipeline Poster | Provided by the Wedge Co-op
Media on the MinnCan Pipeline and Gardens of Eagan Intervention
- Soil Vs. Oil | The Pulse
- Corn, Carrots, Tomatoes and . . . Oil, | Pioneer Press
- Pipeline to Circumvent Organic Farm | St. Paul Pioneer Press
- Organic farmers fight plans for oil pipeline | Grand Forks Herald | 07_10_2006 |
- Farmer asks county’s help to protest farm pipeline route | ThisWeek
Lessons I learned in the MinnCan proceeding
1) Pubic rhetoric and informed citizen input are not the same thing. 4,200 letters from customers, and doctors and scientists respectfully educating how organic systems benefit society and how the loss of their organic food source will negatively affect their lives—that’s informed citizen input.
2) It’s important to follow the legal process, even when it is a lousy one.
3) Sometimes people get hung up on being right and being heard, and they don’t notice that they may not be effective. It’s more important to win.
4) When we work for life we have allies EVERYWHERE! They want to help. They just need to know where and how to give support. Any one of us can lead and instigate change.
5) When you have someone’s attention, ask for what you need.
6) Compromise is part of the process.
7) Recognize opportunity.
8) Override your self-doubts. They are not useful when you need to be strong.
9) When you are discouraged take a nap.
Thank You So Much!
Creation of an Organic Mitigation Plan for Minnesota and protecting Gardens of Eagan wouldn’t have been possible without the support of more than 4,800 people who “spoke up.” The testimonies of our expert witnesses, Dr. Deborah Allen, Jim Riddle and Craig Minowa were extremely valuable. Barth Anderson, Lindy Bannister and the Wedge Co-op were so helpful with writing and PR. Mississippi Market and Charlie sent over 1,250 letters. All the Twin Cities Co-ops got the word out through newsletters and in store information. Eureka Township and Dakota County passed resolutions. Dr. Carl Rosen, Dr. Cindy Tong and Dr. Deon Stuthman of the University of Minnesota wrote respected letters of support. Leah Johnston and the Pulse article! O.C.A, Dana Jackson and Land Stewardship, and MOSES kept people informed. Bob Patton and Meg Moynihan at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the Organic Advisory Task force played a positive role in identifying the differences between organic and conventional agriculture and the need to protect organic lands, and our attorney, Paula Maccabee
Tips on Public Testimony to Protect Organic Farms
- Put your testimony in writing and bring a copy to give to the hearing judge and the court reporter.
- Summarize your testimony – speak no more than 3 to 5 minutes.
- Explain who you are and your experience with organic farming and food.
- To the depth that you feel comfortable, speak about these key points:
- Minnesota cannot afford to lose any organic farmland to pipeline construction.
- Organic farms are vulnerable to loss of certification, soil destruction, and ecosystem damage. Where possible, routes should avoid organic farms.
- Where it is not possible to avoid an organic farm, pipeline companies should be required to take mitigation precautions to reduce and repair damage to organic farms.
- Organic food is vital for many people’s health as well as to serve the market for customers in the Midwest.
At the Harvest Party and Public Hearing Energizer, Martin’s band, the Pheromones, play “Tequila” while the crowd performs the Corn Dance. Photograph copyright 2006 Camille Maize Diffley.