Hmong American Farmers Build livelihoods and access to fresh food with Community Supported Agriculture
Farm to City Hall partnerships bring fresh food to the city and grow the sustainable food economy
St. Paul, Minn. (July 16, 2015) — Three years ago, the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) started a pilot project delivering five dollar bags of produce to St. Paul Public Housing buildings. Four years later, HAFA delivers 140 boxes of produce each week for twelve weeks of the growing season to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) subscribers.
The HAFA CSA aggregates produce from over 30 Hmong American farmers from the Twin Cities who are members of the Hmong American Farmers Association. CSA subscribers receive their produce boxes at eleven workplace wellness programs in the Twin Cities metro area, including both Minneapolis and St. Paul city halls.
“HAFA is so excited to partner with many institutions in the Twin Cities that care about healthy eating,” says Pakou Hang, Executive Director of HAFA.
For decades now, Twin Cities farmers’ markets have been known for an abundant variety of high quality produce sold by Hmong American farming families. Yet Hmong American farmers are seeing their ability to make a living at farmers’ markets decline, due to the saturation of farmers’ markets.
“When I get my CSA box filled with beautiful produce, I know that it’s the labors of a hard working Hmong farmer who is trying to support her family through farming,” says Anne Hunt, Environmental Policy Director in the office of Mayor Chris Coleman.
More info on HAFA’s CSA program can be found at http://www.hmongfarmers.com/csa/.
The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) was founded in 2011 advance the prosperity of Hmong American farmers and their families through economic development, capacity building, advocacy and research. HAFA is the only organization in Minnesota that was started by and is led by Hmong American farmers and it is the only one singularly focused on the advancement of Hmong American farmers and their families.