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14220-B Ostlund Trail North 
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047 
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Eric Wilson (Food Hub Manager)

Eric joined the MFA team in May 2018. He brings his passion for economic development and sustainable agriculture to his role as Food Hub Manager. Eric has a background in permaculture and international development. He is a graduate of Land Stewardship’s Farm Beginnings program and is currently studying Graphic Design. Prior to joining MFA, Eric worked with The Food Group’s gleaning programs and served as a MN GreenCorps Member with the Cleveland Neighborhood Garden in Minneapolis. His love for farming stems from his experiences with urban gardens and coffee farms during his Peace Corps service in Costa Rica and from the backyard garden his parents used to have growing up in Iowa.

Amber Stenson (Associate Director)

Amber joined the MFA team in August, 2017. She leads the work of the Minnesota Food Association and The Food Group’s Produce Programs team. She has a background in non-profit management and international development. Prior to joining MFA, she spent eight years with the Denver-based non-profit, Water For People, working for the last five of those years as the Regional Program Officer for Latin America. Amber grew up on a family farm, Happy Heart Farm in Fort Collins, CO, which was Colorado’s first CSA farm. Amber learned to love farming from a young age and is excited to work for an organization where she can put her non-profit management skills to work to support beginning farmers from many different cultures.

Emily Squyres (Events & Administrative Coordinator)

Emily comes to MFA with a background in nonprofit project management and administrative work. She was introduced to the unique needs of farmers working at an organization that specializes in creating post-harvest processing tools for farmers in developing countries, and has supported other such projects as the award-winning traveling exhibit "Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations."  She is excited to join MFA and use her experience working among a cross-section of Minnesota's population to support MFA's work of growing a more sustainable food system.

Laura May Hedeen (Programs Manager)

Laura May Hedeen joined the team at MFA in spring of 2014, with a passion for connecting social justice issues with sustainable food systems. She comes with a background in nonprofit program coordination and communications, and has previously worked with organizations such as Second Harvest Heartland, Habitat for Humanity Guatemala, and FCUSD Family Support Services. Her interest in agriculture stems from growing up working at her family's garden center in western Wisconsin. Laura is excited to work for an organization that both engages her passions and utilizes her skills.

May Lee (Farmer Mentor)

May Lee is a certified organic Hmong farmer and a graduate of Minnesota Food Association's farmer training program. Along with her daughter, Mhonpaj, she runs her own farming operation, Mhonpaj's Garden. May farmed in Laos and has been farming in Minnesota for many years. She wholesales produce, has operated a small CSA, and also sells at St. Paul Farmers Market, Mill City Farmers' Market, and White Bear Lake Farmers' Market.  

Molly Schaus (Farm Director)

As MFA's Farm Director Molly Schaus brings an extensive background in organic agriculture, having worked on organic farms both tiny and large in Minnesota, Colorado, and South Dakota. Most recently she spent the past four seasons managing and training the seasonal harvest crew at Gardens of Eagan in Northfield, MN. Before farming, she studied math at St. Olaf College, which she eagerly applies to tasks such as analyzing the season's records. She loves building relationships with other farmers and solving problems with diverse groups of people.When not farming, Molly spends time reading, running, cooking, and playing board games.