Minnesota is home to a large Hmong community of which many farm. One complication is that many do not have access to land that is affordable and near their homes. One group has committed to making a difference. The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) was awarded a Bush Foundation Community Innovation Grant which will allow the nonprofit organization to explore organizing a land cooperative.
HAFA provides training and support to Hmong farmers and recently lauched the HAFA Farm–a 155 acre incubator and research farm located in Vermillion Township in Dakota County. Hmong farmers can get access to farmland near metropolitan areas, and large tracts of lands will be preserved for food production. The harvest of produce and flowers go to area farmers markets, Minneapolis Public Schools, Lunds and Byerly’s and other locations.
Minnesota 2020 set out to get a tour of the HAFA Farm.