Well, today I made some progress! I talked to the butchers at my local meat market, and they get their beef from a local source (within the state of MN). The cattle are given no hormones or antibiotics.
While I am still searching for a local farm, as well as grass fed cattle. I feel this is a win for today. The poultry and pork from the same market are considered all natural. I would prefer free range and organic while coming from a more local source (a farmer within 30-60 miles).
I also saved some 4 gallon pots from going to the dumpster.
A landscaping company was installing shrubs outside my business today. I just asked if they re-use them and they said "no" Can you believe that?! All that plastic in a landfill...well on second thought maybe they recycle. Anyway, I asked if I could have them, and they let me take the lot they had (about 10), told me that if I wanted to stop by the nursery I could have more....I'm hoping for smaller sizes, this will be great for getting the garden and other plants started.