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.
Come and see us at the fair! Minnesota Food Association farmers and staff are participating in 3 exhibits this year at the Great Minnesota Get-Together:
When: Thursday, August 27th, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
What: Renewing the Countryside’s agriCULTURE: from First Peoples to New Immigrants
Where: Eco Experience
This year's Healthy Local Food exhibit focuses on immigrant and minority farmers. Numerous cultures have had—and continue to have—lasting impacts on the food system in Minnesota. Come explore how native cultures and immigrants, past and present, have played important roles in food production, economic growth, and expanding our palates. MFA farmers and staff will be at the booth all day with fun activities and information on all of our programs.
When: Sunday, August 30th – 10:00 AM
Where: Carousel Park
Minnesota Cooks is a unique, one-day celebration honoring twelve respected Minnesota farmers and twelve premier Minnesota chefs who source locally-grown foods from these farmers. It will be an entertaining day of cooking demonstrations and lively discussions with chefs, farmers, and local political, media, and arts personalities. Big River Farms’ own See Nay of 1st Karen Farm will be on stage with chef and BRF supporter Joe Hatch-Surisook of Sen Yai Sen Lek. Sample some of See Nay’s amazing produce prepared on the spot by Joe into a fabulous Thai dish!
When: Saturday, September 5th, 3:00 - 6:00 PM
What:The Common Table
Where: Horticulture Building
The Common Table is a growing network that includes members of the food community and designers working to promote local food in Minnesota. Come see MFA farmers give presentations on the following topics:
·3:00 PM - Immigrant Farming – Presenter: Dil Gurung, Bhutanese Farm A presentation by immigrant farmers about their story in coming to Minnesota and learning to farm and market their crops in our unique climate.
·4:00 PM - Why Organic? – Presenter: Kano Banjaw, Romé Farm Why is supporting organic farming training important for immigrant farmers? Presentation by MFA/Big River Farms staff and program participants about why they farm organically and what it means to share knowledge of sustainable practices in the immigrant farming community.
·5:00 PM - Vegetable Repertoire – Presenter: Porfirio Perez, Sebra Farm Expand your vegetable repertoire- buying, cooking and eating traditional crops grown by immigrant farmers in MN. Presentation and demonstration of crops traditionally grown by immigrant farmers.
Mark Your Calendars!
Fall Harvest Party - October 18th
MFA and Big River Farms will be having it's annual Fall Harvest Party on October 18th from 3:00 - 7:00 PM! There will be hayrides, pumpkin picking and painting, a raffle, goat roast, and potluck dinner. It's a celebration of the end of the season and the harvest. All are invited!
The Geese Names Have Been Chosen!
Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the farm for our Open House this month. We had a fun contest to name the five geese that are living on the farm this year. There were many suggestions made, and here are the five that won.
White goose on top: Turnip
White goose on right: Twilight
White goose on left: Sailor Moon
Brown goose in center: Joey Ramone
Brown goose on left: Gary
Thanks again to everyone who participated in giving these geese some great names!
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 the conference!
Want to eat some of our great, certified organic produce tonight but don't feel like cooking?
Head to Sen Yai Sen Lek!
They purchase our produce to use in their menu.
You can also head to Seward Co-OP.
They purchase our certified organic produce to sell in their store.
News from the Farm
- The Common Table on 9/5/2015 August 25, 2015
- Minnesota Cooks on 8/30/2015 August 25, 2015
- Renewing the Countrysideâs agriCULTURE: from First Peoples to New Immigrants on 8/27/2015 August 25, 2015
- MFA On-a-Stick! August 25, 2015
- Big River Farms CSA - August 25, 2015 August 25, 2015
- Big River Farms CSA - August 20, 2015 August 20, 2015
- Big River Farms CSA - August 18, 2015 August 18, 2015
- Big River Farms CSA - August 11, 2015 August 11, 2015
- Big River Farms CSA - August 6, 2015 August 6, 2015
- Big River Farms CSA - August 4, 2015 August 4, 2015