Big River Farms CSA
Welcome to Big River Farms CSA!
Big River Farms is a Certified Organic vegetable farm located in Marine on St. Croix, Minnesota. The farm is operated by a nonprofit, Minnesota Food Association (MFA), which provides training and shared resources to farmers from socially-disadvantaged backgrounds. All proceeds from the farm are used to further MFA's mission: to build a more sustainable food system based on social, economic and environmental justice through training, education and partnerships.
What Makes Us Different
Like all Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) farms, we offer our members a share of our harvest in exchange for pre-season support. This helps ensure a successful season by giving us much-needed operating funds in the spring, when we incur most of our costs. However, Big River Farms has many unique attributes that set it apart from other CSAs in the Twin Cities:
• Our produce is Certified Organic. We follow (and often exceed) the national standards set by the USDA for Organic production, and are monitored by a third-party certifier. This guarantees to our customers that our practices are the best possible for the health of the environment, our farmers, and the people who eat our produce.
• Your CSA membership supports multiple small-scale farmers. MFA is a “local food hub”: we share our resources to help small-scale farmers succeed in ways they wouldn’t be able to on their own. By growing for Big River Farms, beginning farmers gain access to land, infrastructure, training, marketing and distribution channels while they grow their own farm businesses and develop their organic farming skills.
• The farmers come from highly diverse backgrounds. MFA focuses its educational and support services on farmers from socially-disadvantaged backgrounds, with the majority of farmers in recent years coming from refugee and recent immigrant communities. In any given year, you may meet farmers from 10 different countries while walking through our fields!
• We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Big River Farms is operated by the nonprofit Minnesota Food Association (MFA) in order to provide a guaranteed market for the farmers we support, and to generate some of the funds needed to continue training future farmers. By joining our CSA, you are not only directly supporting the current farmers, you are also making an investment in the future of organic agriculture in our community.
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