14220-B Ostlund Trail North
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047
Hilary comes to MFA with a passion for local food and an extensive background in nonprofit and education management. Originally from Oklahoma, she spent 13 years in Boston where she earned an MBA in Public and Nonprofit Management before moving to Minnesota in 2010. Whether in social services or education, Hilary’s entire career has been focused on supporting and creating opportunities for people facing various challenges. She is passionate about strengthening and spreading sustainable agriculture and is excited to work with the community, farmers and staff at Big River Farms to build a more sustainable food system.
Phone: 651-433-3676, Ext. 17
Born and raised in Minnesota, Katie returned to live in the Midwest in December of 2009. She graduated from Hope College in 2001 with a degree in theology and an interest in farming. She chose to pursue her interest in farming by interning on organic farms. In 2006, she started a market garden at a resort and retreat center to provide the produce for the restaurant on the property. With a strong interest in other cultures, Katie has spent time traveling in Central America, as well as Ghana and Argentina. Along with working at MFA, she also works part time at her family’s farm in Delano, Cramer Organics. Katie joined the Minnesota Food Association Staff as the Training Coordinator in April 2010.
Laura comes to MFA with over ten years of nonprofit administration experience. Though never having spent time on a farm, she is falling in love with sustainable, organic agriculture as well as the wonderful people you meet everyday at MFA. She's spends her time off experimenting with all the different organic veggies grown weekly at the farm, and is eager to make and share new recipes.
Laura May Hedeen joined the team at MFA in spring of 2014, with a passion for connecting social justice issues with sustainable food systems. She comes with a background in nonprofit program coordination and communications, and has previously worked with organizations such as Second Harvest Heartland, Habitat for Humanity Guatemala, and FCUSD Family Support Services. Her interest in agriculture stems from growing up working at her family's garden center in western Wisconsin. Laura is excited to work for an organization that both engages her passions and utilizes her skills.
With over 17 years of organic farming experience, Joel has a passion for sustainable agriculture and teaching new farmers. Joining the organization in January of 2015, he is so excited about the opportunity to empower farmers and assist the overall mission of the MFA. Growing farmers and growing food isn't just an idea, it's a way of life. Everyone deserves to know where their food comes from.
May Lee is a certified organic Hmong farmer and a graduate of Minnesota Food Association's farmer training program. Along with her daughter, Mhonpaj, she runs her own farming operation, Mhonpaj's Garden. May farmed in Laos and has been farming in Minnesota for many years. She wholesales produce, has operated a small CSA, and also sells at St. Paul Farmers Market, Mill City Farmers' Market, and White Bear Lake Farmers' Market.