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An Opportunity to Take Action and Be Part of Minnesota History

Our proposal to preserve and protect the Wilder Forest has made it to the final round of hearings. Watch this video and read more below.


Preserve the Forest - Minnesota Food Association from Anna Zivarts on Vimeo.

Out of 183 other applicants to the LCCMR our idea is rising to the top. And now we need your help. please act to support this effort.

Help us make this vision a reality and ensure that these beautiful lands and waterways are part of our natural heritage for ever.

Inspire others to take action by sharing this page in a personal email, on Facebook or other social media. 

Please sign this letter of support.  

And, of course, stay active! Watch for additional information and calls to action in the coming days.

Thank you. Board, Staff, and Farmers of the Minnesota Food Association and Big River Farms. 


Minnesota Food Association is looking for immigrant, minority, and historically-underrepresented individuals, who are interested in farming as a business, to enroll in our land-based farmer training program for the 2016 season. All experience levels are welcome.

We are having an Information Session on November 17, from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Hmong American Partnership, Paj Ntaub Center 1075 Arcade Street, St. Paul, MN 55106. Click below for our flyer and more information about our training program.

November Information Session


Farmer Training Program



The 2015 Immigrant and Minority Farmer's Conference was a success!

Thank you for helping to make the 2015 IMFC conference a fun and productive weekend!  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. 12 different workshops presented by experienced farmers and professionals on topics that are essential to thriving and successful farming and vegetable productions were featured.  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. 

Check out this great video from the conference! 



Want to eat some of our great, certified organic produce tonight but don't feel like cooking?

Head to Sen Yai Sen Lek!  

Our produce is highlighted in their menu.  


You can also head to Seward Co-OP.  

They purchase our certified organic produce to sell in their store.






Minnesota Food Association's mission is to build a more sustainable food system based on social, economic and environmental justice.

We seek to impact local food production, grow more sustainable food producers, and enhance their connections to markets and resources. We do our work in the St. Croix River Valley and the Twin Cities Metro Area of Minnesota.

MFA provides a full range of educational programming about organic agriculture to beginning farmers and to all members of the community interested in learning more. Our unique approach uses the rich resources of a Certified Organic farm, located within the 7-county Twin Cities Metro, to engage our constituents directly in the lives of organic farmers and the production of the food they eat. Our farmer training program serves individuals from socially-disadvantaged backgrounds, primarily refugees and recent immigrants. Aspiring farmers can choose to participate in varying levels of our programming, based on their needs and level of commitment to farming.