The first project funded by the new Mary J. Page Community-University Partnership Endowment Fund is underway. Through this fund, Amanda Sames, a Ph.D. student at the U's College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Sciences, is undertaking a community research project on developing markets for Minnesota-grown hazelnuts. Sames is supporting the Fairmont-based Minnesota Hazelnut Foundation during the University's spring semester.
The Page Fund, named in honor of former University of Minnesota Regent and Renville County Commissioner Mary Page (1934-2013), supports University of Minnesota graduate and advanced undergraduate students working on community identified and requested research projects. Funding for students is administered through the University's Center for Urban and Regional Affairs. Grants are advised by Extension's Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP), which Mary Page helped found. Extension's RSDP facilitates community-university projects in the areas of sustainable agriculture and local food, natural resources, tourism and resilient communities, and clean energy.