BFRDP Projects

Sustainable Farms for Urban Markets
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $603,790
Grant Program: 2014 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Bao Vang
Organization: Hmong American Partnership


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Project Overview

Sustainable Farms for Urban Markets' (SFUM) mission is to enhance food security and community development by providing beginning farmers and their families with the education and resources needed to make informed decisions to enhance their farming success and sustainability. This season the program built economic prosperity of farm businesses for New Americans, Immigrants and Refugee farmers in the greater Minneapolis/Saint Paul metropolitan area, by achieving the following goals: 

Goal 1: We increased the number of immigrant and refugee beginning farmers in the greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area by engaging Southeast Asian farmers in culturally relevant farm educational opportunities. For example, during our first year we helped a total of 101 farmers not including the 374 farmers that attended the 11th annual Immigrant & Minority Farmers Conference in which HAP and its partners planned. Additionally, we provided well over 40 hours of professional development workshops during the past year. 

Goal 2: This year we enhanced the long-term sustainability and success of Southeast Asian immigrant and refugee beginning farmers by building a community of farmer entrepreneurs. For example, we provided over 40 hours of professional development workshops to farmers across the twin cities. In addition, farmers were able to work with mentor farmers for a total of 8 hours learning techniques for growing, operating large farm machinery, selling at markets, and opportunities for contracts and market opportunities.

Goal 3: This season we improved the ability of Southeast Asian immigrant and refugee beginning farmers to provide for the food needs of the community by linking farmers with additional markets and resources for their farm businesses. For example, this year HAP partnered with one of its Farm-Faith project churches, Our Redeemer Lutheran, and linked farmers with the church to start a CSA. A total of 15 shares were purchased this year during our pilot.

Number of Participants: 101


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