ST. CLOUD -- The organic craze is here to stay and St. Cloud is at the center of it.

This past week the Minnesota Organic Conference took over the Rivers Edge Convention Center. The convention drew exhibitors and attendants from around the country.

The convention saw over 35 different speakers with a wide variety of topics. Anything from growing organic potatoes to transitioning livestock to organic certification.

Mary Capehart, of Organic Valley was at the convention as a speaker and had a lot to say about why organic farming is so important.

"It is saving the land for the next generation. (Organic farming) will allow them to continue. So you really are building up a whole eco-system," says Capehart.

Capehart also says Central Minnesota is seeing more and more farmers turn to organic farming. She says organic farming not only helps the land but can also keep down vet bills as the animals tend to stay healthier.

And with many local grocers making room to keep up with the demand for organic products, and a new organic grocer opening later this month, it looks like organic food and farming are here to stay.

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