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Spearfish Local

Spearfish Local is a Black Hills State University initiative that brings together local producers, distributors, purchasers, and consumers of local food and other locally-sourced products. The goal of Spearfish Local is to grow support of the local economy and to work together to achieve greater things than we could as separate organizations.

If you are associated with a business that produces or uses local products, please fill out the Spearfish Local Business Application Form to apply for the free Spearfish Local badge.

Benefits of the Spearfish Local badge include:

    • Window decals and stickers to show that your business supports local producers and the Spearfish economy - these decals also inform consumers about where to find locally grown food
    • Spearfish Local will include your business's name in print and online advertisements and materials
    • Businesses who have received the Spearfish Local badge will also be listed on this website and interactive map

Spearfish Local's goals are to:

    • Support the Black Hills economy by assisting businesses in the promotion of their local products and keeping local dollars in the Spearfish area
    • Help consumers more easily identify local products
    • Promote healthy eating choices with fresh, local produce
    • Reduce food transportation costs and greenhouse gas emissions
    • Build community resilience
    • Connect BHSU students with community members working on local food issues
    • Provide real world work experience for BHSU students

Contact: Petrika Peters


Spearfish Local Businesses

The following establishments have submitted an application to Spearfish Local showing that they produce or use local foods as part of their business. You can also use the interactive map in the sidebar to view more information.

Eat Local

Drink Local

New applications are arriving, so check back here for frequent updates. If you own a business that sells or prepares at least one local food item, submit an application form to apply for the free Spearfish Local badge. Participation in this program is completely free, thanks to our grantors and sponsors listed below.


Grants/Sponsors

    • 2014 Healthy Communities Small Grant fromThe Wellmark Foundation. The Wellmark Foundation is an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Blue Cross®, Blue Shield®, and the Cross® and Shield® symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an Association of Independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.

    • 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant from the South Dakota Department of Agriculture. This project is supported by the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture through grant 12-25-B-1487. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA

    • 2015 USDA Local Food Promotion Program

Black Hills Food Hub

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The work of Spearfish Local led to the creation of the Black Hills Food Hub (BHFH) in the fall of 2015. Like Spearfish Local, the BHFH is a division of the BHSU Facilities Services and Sustainability Department. By delivering food directly from producers to area cafeterias, restaurants, service providers, and specialty stores, the food hub's mission is to aid in regional initiatives that broaden the availability of local foods to people of all demographics.

The BHFH at BHSU has created the opportunity for Black Hills residents and visitors to enjoy fresh local foods. BHSU provides internships for students to participate in the local food efforts working on campus and with agricultural partners.

The food hub is currently in a three-year incubation period at BHSU, with plans to become fully sustainable by 2020. As of January 2018, the food hub regularly coordinates local food deliveries from approximately two dozen producers and five cafeterias/restaurants.

For more information, or to become a BHFH buyer or producer, contact Jessica Stori, BHFH Coordinator.


Spearfish Local in the News:


Spearfish Local Advisory Council

Mayor Dana Boke
Cheryl Johnson
Melissa Barth
Rebecca Dorsett
Carrie Gray-Wood
Dawn Habeck
Trish Jenkins
Rachel Headley
Petrika Peters
Jessica Stori


Spearfish Local Interns

 



Summer 2017:

Name Major
Manual Perez        Environmental Science

Summer 2016:

Name Major
Amanda Voisin        Art and Graphic Design

Fall 2015:

Name Major
Tracy Sigdestad Sustainability Masters 

Summer 2015:

Name Major
Ross Edison Environmental Science
Tracy Sigdestad   Sustainability Masters
Timothy Whelan       Mass Communication

Spring 2015:

Name Major
Chor Ni Tsoi Accounting
Jessie Clark Outdoor Education and
Environmental Biology
Ross Edison Environmental Science
Tracy Sigdestad  Sustainability Masters
Marisa Kritzberger   Biology
Timothy Whelan Mass Communication
Lina Katelaite Mass Communication


 Fall 2014:

Name Major 
 Chor Ni Tsoi      Accounting 
 Tara Price Corporate Communications 
 Evan Griggs Outdoor Education 


Summer 2014:

Name Major
Abigail McBride Physical Science
Tara Price Corporate Communications
Thomas Trimble Chemistry