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MFA featured in the News

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 Farmers market coalition - July 26, 2013
Mentoring Maximizes Yields: New Organic Farmers Sprout Through Immigrant & Refugee Training Program

twin cities daily planet - september 26, 2012
An amazing dinner by BIG RIVER SLOW FOOD benefits immigrant farmers by Patrice Johnson

SPNN Web series - june 21, 2012
Market: Spring Preparations at Big River Farms
by SPNN

Simple good and tasty - April 30, 2012
A Return to the Fields: Immigrant and Refugee Farmers Find Refuge at Big River Farms
by Leigh Ahmad

Twin Cities Daily planet - February 10, 2012
Minnesota conference brings together immigrant and minority farmers
by Jeanette Fordyce

Star Tribune - January 18, 2012
Helping farmers to grow skills
by Kevin Giles

Pioneer Press - October 13, 2011
At Wilder Forest near Marine on St. Croix, immigrants learn how to be successful organic farmers by Mary Divine

Mpls Star Tribune - October 8, 2011
Immigrant Farmers Plant Seeds for a New Lifeby Kevin Giles

HARVEST FOODSERVICE JOURNAL - JUNE-AUGUST 2011
Training to Meet Demand by Mike Mitchelson
Read about MFA's Farmer Training Program in this summer's issue of Harvest Foodservice Journal.

STAR TRIBUNE - JUNE 22, 2011
"CSAs are a Growing Revolution"
by Kim Palmer
"The community-supported agriculture movement is changing the way many Minnesotans shop and eat -- and health professionals are taking notice..."

NEW ROOTS FOR REFUGEES - APRIL 7, 2011
Four farmers from the New Roots for Refugees program traveled to Minnesota to attend the Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference in February.  Read about their experience here: New Roots for Refugees Article

CBS MINNESOTA - APRIL 3, 2011
Story and video about Minnesota Food Association, featuring May Lee.
Metro Farm Teaches New Farmers to Live Better

THE NEIGHBORHOOD FOOD PROJECT REPORT
ASSESSING FOOD SECURITY AND ACCESS IN SAINT PAUL, MN
The Neighborhood Food Project is pleased to share with you the findings and recommendations of our recent community food assessment.  The assessment was aimed to be a grassroots approach to look at food security and access issues in four communities in Saint Paul, MN.  Our assessment process included designing and piloting resident surveys, surveying neighborhood residents, conducting neighborhood focus groups and obtaining critical feedback on the process and the results from the community. We were pleased to find that the majority of people surveyed and interviewed were highly interested in eating more healthy food. We were not surprised to find that economics (price, living on limited income) tends to be a major limiting factor. The details of the findings and initial recommendations are included in the full report, which can be downloaded here:
Neighborhood Food Project Executive Summary March 2011 final.pdf
Neighborhood Food Project REPORT Nov 2010 final version.pdf

TC.COM (PIONEER PRESS) - MARCH 5, 2011
An Interview with Aaron Blyth, Farm Manager with big River Farms
Washington County Pushes Support for Local Produce Farmers

POEM FROM ALLAN LAVALIER, WRITTEN FOR MFA- JANUARY 29, 2011
I sing to the soil beneath my feet,
but all I have are shoes on the street.

 

Born to be a farmer on the earth,
is what I was given at my birth.

 

I see the maize growing high in the mountains near our villages and the collards 
rich with vitamins pumping up.

 

Don't trick me here with your rich quick trips that end up in a bin.
Just give me some soil I can feel my ancestors in.

 

'I know what I know' is what I say
Just a little aid is what I ask of the MFA.

 

Give me a little earth
for a future rebirth!


MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO - JANUARY 2010
"Immigrant Farmers look to move from markets to grocers" by Nancy Lebins
Listen to story or read transcript.
 

WCCO - MAY 2009
"Finding Minnesota: Straight from the Farm"
MFA and Big River Farms were featured


KFAI RADIO WITHOUT BOUNDARIES - FEBRUARY 20, 2010
Listen to Glen Hill and others discuss the need for minority and immigrant farmer training. 
Go to KFAI archive page

TWIN CITIES DAILY PLANET INTERVIEWS MFA FARMERS - FEBRUARY 20, 2010
 at 2010 Immigrant and Minority Farmers' Conference
Read article at TCDailyPlanet.net site

MEET THE U OF M EXTENSION'S 2009 FARM FAMILY
of the Year for Ramsey County: 
May Lee & Mhonpaj

Read article at MinnPost.com site
Or click here to open PDF of article.

ST. CROIX VALLEY PRESS ARTICLE ABOUT MFA
Writer Ed Day interviews farmer Moses Momanyi & executive director Glen Hill. 
Great pictures of Yia Lee at work. 

Read article on St. Croix Valley Press's site
Or click here to open PDF of article.