What's Growin' On at the Farm

Posted 6/16/2015 11:54am by Amber Stenson.

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 Amber Stenson.
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 Amber Stenson.

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!  


Posted 4/27/2015 10:00am by Minnesota Food Association.

Check out this great video of the 10th annual IMFC conference:

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.