About EFC

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(Formerly Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference)


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Fri., January 25 - Sat., January 26, 2019
UMN Continuing Education & Conference Center
1890 Buford Ave., St. Paul MN

Keynote Speaker: Javier Garcia, Agua Gorda Cooperative, Shared Ground Cooperative (Long Prairie, MN)

The annual Emerging Farmers Conference (formerly the Immigrant & Minority Farmers Conference) serves to advance the success and sustainability of farmers who traditionally face barriers to the education and resources necessary to build profitable agricultural businesses, including immigrant farmers and farmers of color.

This innovative conference focuses primarily on the needs and interests of these farmers, and supports their contributions to local economic development and building healthy communities. It does so by connecting farmers, farm advocates, educators, professionals, experts, and agency officials.

A program of the Minnesota Food Association, the EFC is planned and hosted by a collaborative of farmers and volunteers,  government, nonprofit, and University of Minnesota personnel.  

 

Purpose

This conference provides education and resources, fosters relationships between farmers and community partners, and empowers participants to lead change in their communities through healthy food access, education, and economic opportunity.

  • RESOURCES – Farmers obtain a deeper understanding of resources available to them and methods by which they can access those resources to support and grow their farming businesses. For example, farmers will be provided with financial plans, soil maps, and contact information for organizations who provide land leasing and purchase information.
  • CONNECTIONS– Valuable connections are made between local farmers, vendors, organizations, and community groups which support emerging farmer populations and strengthen all components of the local food system. 

  • KNOWLEDGE – Farmers gain specific, hands-on knowledge which is directly applicable to their farm businesses and will increase the success of their farm operations. For example, farmers will leave with a deeper understanding of weed management or production techniques for specialty crops. Organizations and community stakeholders gain exposure to a deeper understanding of the contributions immigrant and minority farmers make to the local food system, and the importance of supporting sustainable agricultural practices in their communities.

  • EMPOWERMENT – Conference participants are empowered to enact change in their local communities, specifically in the areas of racial equity and sustainable agriculture as they relate to the local food system. For example, participants will have the opportunity to connect with other farmers in our collaborative problem solving workshop. This facilitated discussion aims to foster relationships between farmers, allows them a space to talk about common challenges, and find solutions to those challenges.

 

Language Interpretation

The conference is FREE for all farmers and language interpretation is available in Spanish, Hmong, Karen, Bhutanese, Vietnamese, and Somali. Interpretation is based on registration. (We do our best to accommodate all farmers, but cannot guarantee interpretation for last-minute registrations.)

​Continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. Childcare is not provided. 

Questions?

Interested farmers and community-based members who have questions should contact info@mnfoodassociation.org or
651-433-3676.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Is food provided?

Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack will be provided on Saturday.

  • I'm from out of town. Where should I stay?

There is a block of hotel rooms reserved at the Radisson Hotel Roseville, 2540 N. Cleveland Avenue, Roseville, MN until January 18, 2019. To receive the reduced rate of $114/night, call (888) 333-3333 before January 18th and reserve your room under the block “EFC.” The hotel has shuttle service available to and from the conference center and a restaurant onsite. Please arrange shuttle service with the hotel.

  • What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

*Parking is available in Parking Lot S104, the parking lot bordering the east side of the Conference Center. The parking fee is $6.00 per day.

Driving directions and map to the University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108

From I-694 take 35W south to the Cleveland Avenue exit (Note: exit to the left). Follow Cleveland Avenue to Larpenteur Avenue. Go east (left) on Larpenteur to Gortner, turn south (right) on Gortner, and go to Buford Avenue. Turn east (left) on Buford Avenue to the parking area.

From I-35W take the Highway 36 exit and turn south on Cleveland Avenue to Larpenteur Avenue. Go east (left) on Larpenteur to Gortner, turn south (right) on Gortner, and go to Buford Avenue. Turn east (left) on Buford Avenue to the parking area.

From downtown St. Paul: Go west on I-94 to Snelling Ave. Go north on Snelling Ave. to Larpenteur Avenue. Go west (left) on Larpenteur to Gortner, turn south (left) on Gortner, and go to Buford Avenue. Turn east (left) on Buford Avenue to the parking area.

From downtown Minneapolis: Go east on I-94 to MN-280, exit number 236. (Note: exit to the left.) Merge onto MN-280 north. Exit at Larpenteur Ave. Take Larpenteur east (right) to Gortner (third traffic light). Turn south (right) on Gortner and go to Buford Avenue. Turn east (left) on Buford Avenue to the parking area.