Yawelyahsi·Yò· Farm

Mallory & Lucas


Mallory and Lucas are two young farmers who met in 2019 while working at Dream of Wild Health. They started farming together to honor the seeds they had each grown and been given so far. Between them, they have over 100 different varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers that they grow!

Awlyahsi·yó· is a word in Lucas’ native language of Oneida that basically means “good heart”. Mallory and Lucas feel that they need to have a good heart, a good mind, and a good spirit when they’re farming. They need a good heart to be able to take care of all of the precious seeds that they have in their bundles. They need to have a good mind to be able to take care of the land that they are on. And they need to have a good spirit to continue the work that they’re doing. 

When Lucas was searching for a word or a concept for this in the Oneida language, he struggled initially finding the right words. Since talking with the elder language speakers in his community, Lucas has found that there is a more accurate way of saying the word for “good heart”. That word is Yawelyahsi·yò· (Yah-well-yah-SEE-yo). In 2022, they updated their farm name from Awlyahsi·yó· to Yawelyahsi·yò· to reflect this change and honor the Oneida language.

What We Sell

  • Indigenous Crops
  • Organic Veggies

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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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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