Posted June 19, 2020

Dear Friends of Minnesota Food Association & Big River Farms,

The Food Group stands in solidarity with our Twin Cities communities in our commitment to equity as, together, we process and rebuild from the compounding effects and unrest following the killing of George Floyd and COVID-19. As our community faces a public health crisis from the pandemic and systemic racism, we must address the roots of inequity so everyone in our community has the opportunity to live their best life.

The community response of generosity and support surrounding us has been incredible – allowing us to grow and provide food for the community and those most impacted.

Although we’ve transitioned to the name Big River Farms for all of our programs and work, we continue our same focus to build a more sustainable and just food system. 

In addition to operating our largest ever CSA season with 260 members, we’re growing produce for food shelves and affordable retail programs. With grocery stores closed and public transit limited, many of our community members have no access to the food they need. We are working with community-led efforts on the ground to meet immediate needs and start planning for longer term food access solutions.

We’ve launched a new website with a fresh new look. Our new design highlights this year’s farmers, information about how to support our local food system, and a pre-order option for farmers market. Our new website is

We want everyone to know that farming is at the forefront of what we do. Our goal in transitioning to Big River Farms is to simplify our identity after years of using both the names Minnesota Food Association (MFA) and Big River Farms. 

We are proud of the history of Minnesota Food Association and Big River Farms. Since our establishment in 1983, we have provided education on sustainable agriculture to hundreds of farmers through our Farmer Education Program and the Emerging Farmers Conference. We founded one of the first incubator farms in the country, and one of the only ones that serves farmers of all backgrounds and cultures. We have built a reputation in our community as a reliable source of high quality, organic produce, as well as a source for knowledge on issues that affect our food and farming system. We want to take this opportunity to thank all the long-time supporters of this organization as well as its founders, current and previous staff, farmers, and volunteers for building our programs into what they are today.

We’re so grateful to partners like you who share in our work.


Laura Mirafuentes

Big River Farms Program Manager

The Food Group

We Value Nutritious Food
Working with our community partners, The Food Group buys, gleans, grows, and processes fresh produce.

Food Bank
or Food Shelf?
The Food Group is a food bank that supplies other hunger relief agencies with fresh produce, frozen meat, grocery staples, and other household necessities. Food shelves distribute free food to individuals and families in their local communities.

The Food Group believes in food equity. They believe in culturally specific foods. They believe in meeting people where they are at. And most of all, they believe in dignity.

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Learn from Last Year's Event
The 16th annual Emerging Farmers Conference was held virtually in January 2021. Check out the executive summary.

At Big River Farms, we believe everyone who wants to start a sustainable farm should have access to education, land, infrastructure, markets, resources, and connections to meet their goals.

Help raise awareness of hunger in our communities!

Media Inquiries
Contact Sophia or call 763-450-3860.

Cash Grants Are Welcome, Too
Contact Emily Eddy White about making a corporate or foundation gift to The Food Group or call 763-450-3868.

Did You Know?
Over 20% of Black households and 19% of Latinx households report food insecurity, compared to 10% of white households.

Are You a Fare For All Fan?
Share about your Fare For All stop! The more people who shop, the better the prices for everyone.

Equity and Nutrition
Learn more about The Food Group's mission and read our Equity Values Statement and Healthy Foods Policy.

Would your organization like to join our list of groups donating $5,000 or more? Email Laura Mirafuentes or call 763-450-4209.

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We’re a nonprofit working at the intersection of equity and access to fresh, sustainable foods. From farming to distribution, we provide fresh food across MN and WI.

The Food Group is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. EIN 41-1246504 Contributions are tax-deductible to the full amount provided by the law.

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