The latest Dakotafire Café , a series of events intended to spark community and regional conversations, will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 3, at the Front Porch restaurant in Langford, S.D.
Dakotafire Cafés intend to get people talking about the topic presented in the latest issue of Dakotafire magazine, according to Dakotafire Publisher and Editor Heidi Marttila-Losure.
“Most of our small towns have a place where locals gather to solve the world’s problems over a cup of coffee,” Marttila-Losure said. “These events are intended to bring that spirit of problem-solving conversations to the issues that affect our communities—which are the topics we try to address in the magazine.”
The July/August issue  focused on the connection between agriculture and communities. Many of the stories resulted from an event (called the Prairie Idea Exchange) held in Aberdeen on June 10 that asked participants, “How can communities help to create better agriculture, and how can agriculture help to create better communities?”
The format of the Dakotafire Café includes a meal, prepared by the Front Porch restaurant and sponsored by the Langford Community Foundation and Grow South Dakota; a short presentation from a speaker; and then the main event—conversations in small groups about the topic.
State Sen. Jason Frerichs, a farmer from Wilmot, will speak at the event. He will share his perspective on how agriculture and communities can help make one another successful.
Joe Bartmann, vice president of programming for Dakota Resources , will serve as a facilitator for the conversation process.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
If you’re unable to attend, the conversation about agriculture and communities also continues at www.forum.dakotafire.net .
Dakotafire’s goal is sparking a revival in rural communities of the eastern Dakotas and beyond by encouraging conversations that help residents rethink what’s happening and what’s possible. Dakotafire stories can be found in participating newspapers; on www.dakotafire.net ; and in the bimonthly magazine.