Oniwede Farm

Winifred Sylvah


Winifred Sylvah grew up gardening with her grandmother in Sierra Leon, West Africa. She valued healthy vegetables and eating. So when she came to America, she found opportunities to grow again in her backyard, in community gardens, and now at Big River Farms. 

Winifred runs Oniwede Farm with the help of her son Irwin as her farm partner, as well as other family members. She grows a variety of vegetables, including traditional African vegetables like peppers, okra, bitter balls, amaranth greens, jute leaves, sweet potato vines, and other greens.

Where We Sell

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

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The Food Group

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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