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Slow Food Dinner: September 21, 2014


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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.

You are invited to the

Slow Food fundraising dinner! 



Minnesota Food Association (MFA) and Slow Food Minnesota have joined together for the fifth year to present an afternoon of fun, learning and great food at MFA’s Big River Farms in Marine on St. Croix.


The event is a benefit for Minnesota Food Association’s organic farming program for new immigrant and refugee farmers and for the local food education events and activities of Slow Food Minnesota (Twin Cities).


• Harvest dinner prepared by: Steven Brown of Tilia, Joe Hatch-Surisook of Sen Yai Sen Lek, Thomas Boehmer of Corner Table, Marshall Paulsen of Birchwood Cafe

• Farm tours of Big River

• Silent specialty food auction

• Local live music by Mississippi Hot Club

• Let’s Talk small group conversations:  Ark of Taste Foods, and Sustainable Farming as a New Way of Life


Tickets are $95 for members of Slow Food or MFA; $125 for non-members and guests of members, $45 for children 15 and under. All but $65 of each ticket is tax deductible. Reserved tables for 8 are available for $1,000 ($480 tax-deductible). Tickets can be reserved online here.  

If you are interested in volunteering to attend at a reduced rate, please contact Hilary at


Aaron Blyth, Farm Manager at Big River Farms, tells SPNN's Market crew how he prepares for the 2012 growing season and how, as a farmer, he deals with the ever changing weather in Minnesota.

Thanks to SPNN for the Market Series.