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.
Save the Date!
- BIG RIVER DINNER -
A fundraising evening of seasonal, local food and live entertainment to support Minnesota Food Association and Big River Farms
When: August 22, 2015 from 4:00 - 8:00 PM
Where: Big River Farms
14220-B Ostlund Trail North
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047
Join us for a fun night including a seasonal, farm-inspired menu catered by Urban Oasis, silent auction, live music, a wine pull, farm tours and more!
More details coming soon!
CSA Signups Are Happening Now!
With the weather turning warmer and Spring upon us, it's time to start thinking of all the delicious, local, certified organic produce you'll be wanting this year.
You'll be providing healthy, tasty food for yourself and your family, and helping to grow a local, sustainable food system right here in Minnesota! There will also be events throughout the year where you'll be invited out to the farm to tour where the veggies on your table were grown.
You can get a box of veggies every week, or every other week. You can split boxes with your family, friends, neighbors or co-workers. We have over 15 dropsites through the Twin Cities to make picking up your produce convenient. We even offer helpful payment plans to space your payments out over several months.
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!