ST. PAUL, Minn. (Sept. 1, 2015) — Hmong American Farmers Association will celebrate it’s second open house to showcase incorporating the incubator farm growing and sustainable fair food system on Sunday, Sept. 13, from 1 to 4 p.m. at HAFA Farm, 20385 Coates Boulevard, Hastings, MN 55033.
As the second full year on the Hmong American Farmers Association farm comes to a close, it’s staff and members will host an open house celebrating the hard work of HAFA member-farmers, the many investments in infrastructure and sustainability, and the dramatic growth of the on-farm HAFA Food Hub that has allowed HAFA members to nearly reach parity in sales with MN produce growers in just three years of operation.
Entertainment will include performances from Gospel Machine, Mu Performing Arts, Tou Saiko Lee and Payne Avenue. Food will be from Destiny Cafe and the HAFA farm.
For decades now, Twin Cities farmers markets have been known for abundant varieties of high quality produce grown by Hmong American farmers. Yet these farmers are seeing their ability to make a living selling produce at farmers markets decline, due to the saturation of these markets that is compounding multiple systemic barriers to sustainable wealth creation in access to land, financing, business and advanced sustainable agricultural training and research. The HAFA farm is working its member-farmers to build capacity and wealth in Hmong American farming families while growing a sustainable and fair food system.