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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 

 

Hilary Otey-Wold (Executive Director)

Phone: 651-433-3676 

 

Aaron Blyth (Big River Farms Manager and CSA Coordinator)

Phone: 651-433-3676, Ext. 12  

Aaron Blyth's interest in farming arose from his time spent in Central America seeing just how integral the practice of farming is to everyday lives.  Since then he has apprenticed and taught apprentices at the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems at UC Santa Cruz, worked with Linda Halley & Richard DeWilde at Harmony Valley Farm in Viroqua, WI, and been a part of the management team at a mature and biologically diverse three-family farm in Oregon.  Aaron is especially interested in fertility management, irrigation, and considering the whole farm system.  Aaron has been the Farm Manager since 2009.

Katie Kubovcik (Training Coordinator)

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.

Vince Xiong (Production Coordinator)

Admittedly, a sales person by nature but always curious, Vince got into organic farming because he wanted more control in the quality of the food that he eats.  He soon realized that farming his own food is not enough.  He wanted to help change the system and make it better, and working at MFA is the foundation towards his path.

Laura Ibsen (Administrative Coordinator)

Laura comes to MFA with lots of nonprofit administration experience and is excited to be part of the organization now and where it will go in years to come.