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.
Do you shop at Mississippi Market?
We are thrilled to announce that we've been selected as the recipient of Mississippi Market’s Positive Change program for the month of May! Mississippi Market will donate 10¢ to MFA for every reusable shopping bag you use at their stores this month, and you’ll also have a chance to round up at the register!
All donations will support our mission to build a sustainable food system based on social, economic and environmental justice through training, education and partnerships. Both Mississippi Market stores are participating!
So whether it's your normal grocery store, or you've never been there, consider shopping there during the month of May. It's a great and practical way to support Minnesota Food Association and Big River Farms!
CSA Signups Are Happening Now!
With the weather turning warmer and Spring upon us, it's time to start thinking of all the delicious, local, certified organic produce you'll be wanting this year.
You'll be providing healthy, tasty food for yourself and your family, and helping to grow a local, sustainable food system right here in Minnesota! There will also be events throughout the year where you'll be invited out to the farm to tour where the veggies on your table were grown.
You can get a box of veggies every week, or every other week. You can split boxes with your family, friends, neighbors or co-workers. We have over 15 dropsites through the Twin Cities to make picking up your produce convenient. We even offer helpful payment plans to space your payments out over several months.
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!
News from the Farm
- Kab Npauj Healing Garden Groundbreaking Ceremony May 4, 2015
- Make a Positive Change and Shop at Mississippi Market this May! May 1, 2015
- Lots of New Life at Big River Farms! April 27, 2015
- The 2015 Immigrant and Minority Farmer's Conference video is here! April 27, 2015
- Philanthropedia Entry! April 6, 2015
- State Fare April 6, 2015
- Spring Open House! on 6/13/2015 March 16, 2015
- 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