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.
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!
Check out this great video from last year's conference:
Thank you for a wonderful CSA Summer season!
All of us at Minnesota Food Association (MFA) and Big River Farms (BRF) want to thank you for participating in our Summer CSA this year! We had a lot of beautiful produce and hope you found lots of yummy ways to cook it. Here are some fun facts:
- It took an average of 160 hours per week to harvest produce for the CSA. Over 18 weeks, that's 2,880 hours!
- Around 2,400 pounds of produce were harvested for the CSA each week. That totals over 43,200 pounds over the season!
- Ten farmers and their families were responsible for all the produce for this year's CSA!
It's amazing to think of it in that scale! It wouldn't happen without our amazing CSA customers. Thank you so much for making all of this possible!