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Posted 4/6/2015 11:04am by Minnesota Food Association.

Check out Minnesota Food Association's Philanthropedia Entry!  

 

We were voted a 2012 Top Non-profit!  

 

Posted 4/6/2015 11:01am by Minnesota Food Association.

Local experts tell us which nonprofits are working hard to ensure all Minnesotans have access to fresh, healthy food — and how you can help.

The last 10 years have seen an explosion in food and drink culture in Minnesota, a trend that includes everything from craft brewing to farm-to-table dining. That boom in local dining also comes with an important realization: the need for greater access to fresh, healthy food for all Minnesotans. Meeting that challenge requires an integrated approach: Things like farmer training, community organizing, emergency food offerings, nutritional education and food waste reduction all have roles to play in the work to improve the way our community eats.

Bringing healthy food to more Minnesotans has profound health implications, a fact that guides the missions of many local nonprofits. And because the number of households using the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has more than doubled in the past 10 years, the urgency of ensuring food availability has never been keener.

Minnesota Philanthropy Partners teamed with philanthropic-research company Philanthropedia to ask experts which local nonprofits are working effectively to increase access to healthy food. (For more data, visit myphilanthropedia.org.) Individual giving and volunteer time are critical to supporting the mission of all of these groups—and, by extension, improving the way Minnesotans eat and live.

Read the rest of this article from Minnesota Philanthropy Partners here.  

Posted 2/1/2015 5:44pm by Minnesota Food Association.

10TH IMMIGRANT AND MINORITY FARMERS CONFERENCE


Saturday, February 7 from 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM & Sunday, February 8 from 8:45 AM- 3:45 PM
1890 Buford Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108

Come and join us for two full days to learn new farming skills, connect with farming resources, and network with other farmers. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided along with our popular door prize drawing.

Please register online at: http://goo.gl/ylMcFb

Sponsored by: AgStar Financial Services, AgriBank, Farley Center, United FCS, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, USDA- Natural Resource Conservation Service, Latino Economic Development Center, Minnesota Crop Improvement Association, Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture, Land Stewardship Project, Seed Savers Exchange, Crossroads Resource Center, Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program, Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service, Renewing the Countryside, Urban Oasis, Main Street Project, Asian Economic Development Association, Southern MN Initiative Foundation, MN Farmers Union, Lakewinds Coop, Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Minnesota Food Association, Hmong American Partnership, Mississippi Market, University of Minnesota Extension
Contact Dolly Her at 651-223-5400 with any questions.
Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference

Don’t know where the conference is? No problem, here is a map.

Posted 1/7/2015 4:32pm by Minnesota Food Association.

Have you made a New Year's Resolution this year to get healthy?  Perhaps you want to lower your blood sugar, lose weight, or just begin eating cleaner.  

Here's your chance!

Sign up now for Big River Farms' 2015 CSA Shares

Each week, or every other week, you will receive 3/4 bushel of organic, fresh and healthy veggies.  There are fruit share options available as well.  You can pick them up at the Big River Farms, or from one of our 14 dropsites throughout the Twin Cities.  Get one for yourself, your family, or to split with friends or neighbors!

Use coupon code EarlyBird2015 for an instant discount of $25 on a full, weekly CSA share!

Posted 12/22/2014 10:08am by Minnesota Food Association.

Registration is now open for the 2015 Immigrant and Minority Farmer's Conference!

The annual Immigrant and Minority Farmers Conference (IMFC) is a two day event that serves to advance the  success  and sustainability of immigrant and minority farmers. 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. The IMFC will feature over 12 different workshops presented by experienced farmers and professionals on topics that are essential to thriving and successful farming and vegetable productions.  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.

Click HERE to register today!

Posted 11/25/2014 11:12am by Minnesota Food Association.

 

Here is our third and final Fall CSA box of the year!  It's been a pleasure to grow this yummy food for you and your families.  We hope to see you next year!

 

 

 


Click on each crop listed below for some tasty recipe ideas, and click on the farm names to learn more about the amazing people who grow your food!

 

In this week's box,
you'll find:
Brought to you by: 



 
 
 


 

1st Karen Farm

 

Gmonpaj's Garden

 

Rome Farm

 

 

Big River Farms

 

 

Gurung Family Farm

Posted 11/17/2014 11:10am by Minnesota Food Association.

“Growing With Homegrown”

 

When:  December 3, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:30pm

Where:  Cedars Hall – 602 University Avenue NE, Minneapolis (Two parking lots are available next to the building.)

To Register:  Go to www.minneapolismn.gov/sustainability/homegrown/

Please join the Homegrown Minneapolis Food Council in celebrating another year of growing, processing, distributing, eating and composting healthy, sustainable, locally grown foods. The Open House will feature a short program, an information fair, a presentation of the 2014 Homegrown Heroes awards, and a raffle. Light snacks and refreshments will be served.

 

Posted 11/11/2014 10:34am by Minnesota Food Association.

 

Here is our second Fall CSA box of the year!  We hope it warms your homes and tummies!

 

 

 


 We are running late today!

With the Snowfall yesterday and into today, we will be running up to an our late for each drop-off site today.  Please plan accordingly.  Thank you!


 

 Do you or anyone you know want to become a farmer?

Minnesota Food Association’s Immigrant & Minority Farmer Training Program will have an Information Session at:

Rondo Public Library
Wednesday, November 19th from 5:30-7:30 PM

We are in the process of recruiting aspiring farmers for the 2015 season, and would appreciate your help in spreading the word. Please pass this information along to anyone you know who might be interested in joining our program.  

Please contact Laura Hedeen (laura@mnfoodassociation.org) with any additional questions!



Click on each crop listed below for some tasty recipe ideas, and click on the farm names to learn more about the amazing people who grow your food!

In this week's box,
you'll find:
Brought to you by: 


 
 
 


 

1st Karen Farm

 

Gmonpaj's Garden

 

 

Big River Farms

 

 

Gurung Family Farm

Posted 11/6/2014 6:48pm by Minnesota Food Association.

Minnesota Food Association’s Immigrant & Minority Farmer Training Program will have an Information Session at:

Rondo Public Library

Wednesday, November 19th from 5:30-7:30 PM

 

We are in the process of recruiting aspiring farmers for the 2015 season, and would appreciate your help in spreading the word. Please pass this information along to anyone you know who might be interested in joining our program.  

 

Please contact Laura Hedeen (laura@mnfoodassociation.org) with any additional questions!

Posted 10/28/2014 11:02am by Minnesota Food Association.

 

Here is our first Fall CSA box of the year!  You're in for some amazing produce!

 

 

 


 

Thank you for making the Fall Harvest Party a success!

Everyone had a lot of fun at our Fall Harvest party!  The chicken was amazing, as well as all the food people brought.  The band had people kicking up their heels, and the hayrides and bonfire were a lot of fun.  Thank you so much for being Big River Farms CSA members this year!  

 

 

 


Click on each crop listed below for some tasty recipe ideas, and click on the farm names to learn more about the amazing people who grow your food!

In this week's box,
you'll find:
Brought to you by: 


 
 
 


 

1st Karen Farm

 

Rome Farm

 

 

Big River Farms

 

 

Gurung Family Farm