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Posted 6/30/2015 11:24am by Minnesota Food Association.

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the farm for our Open House this month. We had a fun contest to name the five geese that are living on the farm this year. There were many suggestions made, and here are the five that won.

 

White goose on top:  Turnip

White goose on right:  Twilight

White goose on left:  Sailor Moon

Brown goose in center:  Joey Ramone

Brown goose on left:  Gary

 

Thanks again to everyone who participated in giving these geese some great names!

Posted 6/23/2015 11:34am by Minnesota Food Association.

Minnesota Food Association (MFA) is thrilled to have been selected as the recipient of all donations raised at River Market Community Co-op for the months of June-July! 

River Market Community Co-op customers will have a chance to give by rounding up at the register when they shop at the Stillwater store. All donations raised will support MFA’s mission to build a sustainable food system based on social, economic and environmental justice through training, education and partnerships.

We will use the donations collected at River Market Community Co-op to help fund the expansion and improvement of our important programs. Thank you for donating to help us accomplish our mission!

For more information on River Market Community Co-op, visit www.rivermarket.coop

 

 

Please Note:  The contents of your CSA box may vary slightly from what is pictured.  

 


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!

Posted 6/22/2015 12:49pm by Minnesota Food Association.

Minnesota Food Association (MFA) is thrilled to have been selected as the recipient of all donations raised at River Market Community Co-op for the months of June-July! River Market Community Co-op customers will have a chance to give by rounding up at the register when they shop at the Stillwater store. All donations raised will support MFA’s mission to build a sustainable food system based on social, economic and environmental justice through training, education and partnerships.

We will use the donations collected at River Market Community Co-op to help fund the expansion and improvement of our programs. Thank you for donating to help us accomplish our mission!

For more information on River Market Community Co-op, visit http://rivermarket.coop/

Thank you!

 

Posted 6/16/2015 11:54am by Minnesota Food Association.

In a light mist the sound of the Loons echoes off the lake as I venture from the old May farm house down the secluded gravel road. On my way to morning chores at the farm I see nature doing the same. Along the driveway there is the familiar site of a mother dear and fawn out for their morning graze. Further down I see two turkey hens closely watching their young flock as they chase bugs and fly threw the brush. Around the corner I greet my three horses. As they neigh to me as I approach, I turn east and am blinded by the beautiful sunrise. I turn on the water for the bird pond as I listen to the sounds of anxious fowl, waiting to range in the morning dew.

 
Having a 17 year back ground in Organic farming I started here as the farm manager at the MFA.  in January of this year and it did not take long to figure out how magical this place is. I am so excited to be a part of the team and the vision of this organization. I have a passion for learning, teaching and everything that is alive!
 
Yesterday we packed the first round of CSA boxes for the year with the knowledge that the process of reaping what you sow has begun. After two busy months of tilling, planning, planting, watering, spraying, weeding and doing the same thing over again, the harvest has begun! We are so glad all of you have joined us to support this amazing farm and participate in the bounty the farmers provide.  - Joel Kellum, Production and Markets Manager

 

 


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!

Posted 6/11/2015 12:08pm by Minnesota Food Association.
Minnesota Food Association and Big River Farms
invite you to the
 
2015 "Let's Get Growing" Open House!
 

Tour the farm, go on a hayride, learn about your CSA, purchase produce or merchandise, meet new staff members, learn about our farmers, and much more!  Bring the whole family!

Refreshments and free parking will be provided.  Feel free to bring picnic blankets or chairs to sit on, as well as your own snacks if you prefer.  

 
When:   June 13, 2015 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM
 
Where:  Big River Farms
              14220-B Ostlund Trail North
              Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047
 
Did you see those cute geese in the picture?  They are in need of names!  Come to the farm and enter for a chance to name one of our geese.  So much fun!  
 
Contact Laura Ibsen with any questions at
651-433-3676 ext. 14 or info@mnfoodassociation.org  
 
See you there! 
Posted 6/4/2015 10:19am by Minnesota Food Association.

Hello Big River Farms CSA members!

I wanted to touch base with you to let you know that we've updated the starting date of our CSA shares.  We want you to have the best selection possible, and delaying the start week will help us to provide that to you.  

The new starting week for the CSAs will be the week of June 15 - 19th.  

 

For all the Tuesday dropsite, your first day will be June 16th. Tuesday dropsites are:

-  Highland Park

-  HealthEast Midway

-  HealthPartners Como Clinic

-  Butter Bakery

-  Mayflower Church

 

For all Thursday dropsites, your first day will be June 18th. Thursday dropsites are:  

-  Kitchen on the Bluff

-  HealthEast St. Johns

-  HealthEast Woodbury

-  Roseville

-  Stillwater

-  White Bear Unitarian Church

-  Shoreview SVL

-  Big River Farms pickup

 

For all the every other week CSA and Fruitshare folks - The week of the 15th will be week A, and the week of the 22nd will be week B.  Look for a followup email to learn which week you are assigned.  Please let me know if you have any questions - thanks!

 

Posted 6/1/2015 10:50am by Minnesota Food Association.

You're invited to the  

2015 "Let's Get Growing" Open House!

   

Tour the farm, go on a hayride, learn about your CSA, enter for a chance to name one of our geese, purchase produce or gifts, meet new staff members, learn about our farmers, and much more!  Bring the whole family!

Refreshments and free parking will be provided.  Feel free to bring picnic blankets or chairs to sit on, as well as your own snacks if you prefer.  

 
When:   June 13, 2015 from 1:00 – 4:00 PM
 
Where:  Big River Farms
              14220-B Ostlund Trail North
              Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047

 

Contact Laura Ibsen with any questions at 
651-433-3676 ext. 14 or info@mnfoodassociation.org  
 
 

 See you there! 

Posted 5/4/2015 10:17am by Minnesota Food Association.

By Davina Her - April 29, 2015 Saint Paul, MN

Community member Dorothy Her has started up an urban farm called Kab Npauj Healing Garden located in the Rondo community area with her team members, Dolly Her and Davina Her. We would like to celebrate and invite the larger community to join us at the Kab Npauj Healing Garden  groundbreaking ceremony on Sunday, May 17th at 11:30 AM

Kab Npauj Healing Garden is an urban farm that is sustained through Hmoob (Hmong) indigenous spirituality, health and healing. We are a group committed to healing the historical trauma in our own Hmoob community through intergenerational farming. We are youth and elderly focused. 

Our goal is to provide young people with the opportunity to explore who they are as Hmoob individuals and to find self-worth in their identity as Indigenous people. 

This garden is fully led and organized by Hmoob women from the metro area community. We hope that you can all join us on Sunday, May 17th at 11:30 AM to celebrate this new healing garden. The garden is located at theLutheran Church of the Redeemer, 285 Dale Street N, Saint Paul, MN 55103

There will be refreshments and food for all who come. We can’t wait to see you all there. For more information, please visit www.kabnpaujhealinggarden.weebly.com or at Facebook/kabnpaujhealinggarden. 

To learn more about this garden, please contact Dorothy Her via mobile: 651-757-7391 or email: her.dorothy@gmail.com.

Major sponsors and/or supporters of the garden include: Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Natural Resources Conservation Services, Farmers’ Legal Action Group, Minnesota Food Association, and our Farming Mentors Hli Xyooj and Mai Pa Kou Yang.

Posted 5/1/2015 2:04pm by Minnesota Food Association.

Minnesota Food Association (MFA) is thrilled to announce that we have been selected as the recipient of Mississippi Market’s Positive Change program for the month of May!

Mississippi Market will donate 10¢ for every reusable shopping bag you use at their stores this month, and you’ll also have a chance to round up at the register! All donations will support our mission to build a sustainable food system based on social, economic and environmental justice through training, education and partnerships. Both Mississippi Market stores are participating, now through May 31st.

Many of the farmers in our program are interested in learning more about season-extension practices, which would increase their profitability and community access to locally-grown, organic produce in the off-season. Two pieces of infrastructure we already have in place for this programming are our 100’x30’ high tunnel and our 48’x20’ greenhouse. Unfortunately, both structures are currently unusable and in dire need of repair. During a windstorm last spring, the poly on the high tunnel was torn off and destroyed, and weather and time have taken their toll on the smaller greenhouse to the point that it requires reconstruction. We will use the money from the Positive Change Program to rebuild these structures and revive them as educational facilities.

Thank you for donating to help us make this Positive Change!

Shop at either Mississippi Market location:

  • 622 Selby Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104
  • 1500 W. 7th Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102

For more information on Mississippi Market, visit http://msmarket.coop/

Thank you!

Posted 4/27/2015 10:14am by Minnesota Food Association.

Happy Spring!

There's lots of new and wonderful things growing at Minnesota Food Association and Big River Farms right now!  Not only are we planting seeds and seedlings into the ground, but we got baby chickens ducks and geese as well!  We are also keeping bees for the first time this year.  Check out this cutie!