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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

Posted 10/21/2014 10:58am by Minnesota Food Association.

 

This is our last Summer CSA box of the year!  

Please note that some sites will have potatoes, some will have cabbage and some will have brussel sprouts.  This is due to the amounts of various produce available for harvest at this time.

 

 

 


 
A Note From Aaron Blyth...
 
What an incredible fall we are having! I have been walking around the farm as of late, just staring at the fall color in the trees and feeling the crispness in the air. It is a beautiful farm and a beautiful life for farmers out here at Big River Farms, and the fall brings it out even more.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for being members this last season. It has been a season of change here at Big River Farms. Hilary Otey Wold has taken over as our Executive Director, Katie (our Training Program Manager) has given birth to a beautiful boy, and lastly, I will be leaving the farm in the next few weeks. I decided early this year that this would be my last season in this glorious place.

I am completely full of gratitude to have been able to work in such a wonderful place and with such incredible farmers. Hopefully, I have done some good in my time here and have made positive changes.

I know I have learned and gained much in my time here. I am a better person in the world because of my time here at Big River Farms. I hope that you, in your membership with the farm, have also been able to touch the wisdom that comes from the farmers here. It is a special place with wonderful goals.

Thank you again for your commitment to the success of our program and I hope that each of you have enjoyed the vegetables this season! 
 
                                  


You're invited to the 2014 Fall Harvest Party!

 

Date/Time:  October 25, 2014 from 3:30 - 8:00 pm

Location:  MFA/Big River Farms 

(14220-B Ostlund Trail North,Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047)

 

This party is a gift to our members, donor, friends and supporters. It will feature a goat roast, beverages, live music, hayrides, a celebratory bonfire and more!  It is a potluck dinner, so please bring a dish to share.  Feel free to bring a blanket or chairs to sit on.  For more information or directions, please visit our website.


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

   
 

 

Big River Farms

 

 

Mhonpaj's Garden

Posted 10/16/2014 3:28pm by Minnesota Food Association.

For us at Minnesota Food Association and Big River Farms, every day is Food Day. Take a minute today to think about and thank a farmer who grew your food!

Head to www.worldfooddayusa.org for more information.