Xang Vang: From refugee to Minnesota farmer


In 1983, Xang Vang became the first Hmong farmer to sell his vegetables at the St. Paul Farmers’ Market. SPNN’s Market host Emily Noble traveled to Woodbury, MN to hear Xang’s incredible success story; his journey from the mountains of Laos after the Viet Nam war to farming in Minnesota. Because of his pioneering efforts, many Hmong farmers have been trained in regional agricultural techniques and today, fifty percent of the vendors at the St. Paul Farmers’ Market are Hmong, bringing a rich variety of new vegetables to the dinner tables of St. Paul.