Minnesota Food Association's mission is to build a more sustainable food system based on social, economic and environmental justice.
We seek to impact local food production, grow more sustainable food producers, and enhance their connections to markets and resources. We do our work in the St. Croix River Valley and the Twin Cities Metro Area of Minnesota.
MFA provides a full range of educational programming about organic agriculture to beginning farmers and to all members of the community interested in learning more. Our unique approach uses the rich resources of a Certified Organic farm, located within the 7-county Twin Cities Metro, to engage our constituents directly in the lives of organic farmers and the production of the food they eat. Our farmer training program serves individuals from socially-disadvantaged backgrounds, primarily refugees and recent immigrants. Aspiring farmers can choose to participate in varying levels of our programming, based on their needs and level of commitment to farming.
The 2015 Immigrant and Minority Farmer's Conference was a success!
Thank you for helping to make the 2015 IMFC conference a fun and productive weekend! The IMFC focuses on the special needs and interests of immigrant and minority farmers and addresses their needs by bringing together farmers, farm advocates, educators, professionals, experts, and agency officials to one space to exchange knowledge, network, and find support. 12 different workshops presented by experienced farmers and professionals on topics that are essential to thriving and successful farming and vegetable productions were featured. Past workshops have included understanding important rules and regulations that govern production and sale of food and flowers, marketing concepts and practical skills, critical but basic record-keeping, modern farm practices, food safety for specialty crop farmers, soil health and USDA programs that can improve and strengthen farms.
Check out this great video from last year's conference:
Thank you for a wonderful CSA Summer season!
All of us at Minnesota Food Association (MFA) and Big River Farms (BRF) want to thank you for participating in our Summer CSA this year! We had a lot of beautiful produce and hope you found lots of yummy ways to cook it. Here are some fun facts:
- It took an average of 160 hours per week to harvest produce for the CSA. Over 18 weeks, that's 2,880 hours!
- Around 2,400 pounds of produce were harvested for the CSA each week. That totals over 43,200 pounds over the season!
- Ten farmers and their families were responsible for all the produce for this year's CSA!
It's amazing to think of it in that scale! It wouldn't happen without our amazing CSA customers. Thank you so much for making all of this possible!
News from the Farm
- 2015 Immigrant and Minority Farmer's Conference! February 1, 2015
- Happy New Year! January 7, 2015
- Intro to Markets Class on 2/25/2015 December 23, 2014
- Plot Planning and Crop Mapping Class on 2/18/2015 December 23, 2014
- Crop Profiles Class on 2/11/2015 December 23, 2014
- Intro to Organic Farming Principles Class on 2/4/2015 December 23, 2014
- 2015 Immigrant and Minority Farmer's Conference on 2/7/2015 December 22, 2014
- 2015 Immigrant and Minority Farmer's Conference December 22, 2014
- BRF CSA Fall Share Newsletter - Week Three November 25, 2014
- Roseville Home and Garden Fair on 2/21/2015 November 24, 2014