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Minnesota Food Association
14220-B Ostlund Trail North 
Marine on St. Croix, MN 55047 
651-433-3676 PHONE 
651-433-5050 FAX 


Linda Halley (Interim Farm Director)

Linda has been an organic farm owner and operator for 25 years. Most recently she managed Gardens of Eagan, a 125 acre vegetable, herb and greenhouse operation in Northfield, MN.

Hilary Otey-Wold (Executive Director)

Phone: 651-433-3676 

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.   

Laura May Hedeen (Programs Manager)

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.

May Lee (Farmer Mentor)

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.  

Porfirio Perez (Farmer Mentor)

Bio Coming Soon!

Hana Tanberg (Food Hub Coordinator)

Hana’s interest in agriculture started while interviewing farmers and food personnel involved in the La Crosse County Farm2School Project. She quickly realized the importance of learning about multiple stakeholders’ perspectives in order to understand the complexities of local food systems. Her leadership development with the nonprofit Grand Aspirations, based in Minneapolis, has expanded her skills in working with grassroots movements to benefit the green economy.  She is passionate about economic justice and encourages the growth of sustainable transformation. 

Ethan Lewis (Local Food Access & Outreach Coordinator | MN GreenCorps Member)

Born and raised in Iowa, Ethan found his way to Minnesota for graduate school after having lived in Wisconsin and New Hampshire. His interest in local sustainable agriculture began in 2007 while volunteering with Central Rivers Farmshed in Stevens Point, WI. Since then he has held a wide variety of positions on Community Supported Agriculture farms, in formal and non-formal education institutions and working with diverse peoples. He is excited to be joining Minnesota Food Association as a Minnesota Green Corps Member to work on developing alternative markets, Youth and Family Education programming and whatever else is thrown his way. He looks forward to being able to build, use, and refine his skills while focusing his career on the sustainable agriculture field.