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Letter: Lots to like about Willmar

The Willmar Public Library and the Community-Owned Grocery, with a grant from the Arts and Cultural Legacy Fund, hosted Atina Diffley, author of “Turn Here Sweet Corn” Saturday.

Diffley spoke about her challenges and triumphs as an organic farmer in Minnesota. She also spoke passionately about the importance of locally grown and pesticide-free food for land sustainability, environmental impact, biological diversity, and, most importantly, our health.

Ms. Diffley has described her book as “a book for everyone who eats because it is about our fundamental relationship with food (and) a love story about our relationship with land and nature.” Her enthusiastic activism was evident when she spoke of being “very happy” to learn of the COG’s efforts in establishing a local food cooperative in Willmar.

Having recently moved to Willmar, I have been very happy to discover the broad range of cultural education and events in my new city, such as those sponsored by the library, as well as the sense of community-mindedness with organizations such as the COG. I will be at the front of the line when our food co-op opens its doors. I am eager to support our local farmers, who will be providing healthful, diverse and sustainable food.

I urge my new neighbors to learn more about Ms. Diffley’s activism at, about the COG at, as well as the many great programs for all ages sponsored by the library at