Big River Farms helps the next generation of growers feed our community today.

The Food Group brings fruit and vegetables from farms to food shelves.

Through our farmer training program Big River Farms, food rescue and food distribution efforts, we’re able to support the next generation of growers and supply our partners with the products their participants want.

“For food shelves, produce is often the most difficult food to source,” said Anika Rychner, Community Action Center of Northfield program director. “It’s also the most difficult for farmers to grow. And so we rely on our partnership with The Food Group to make those connections.”

Faro Jones is a dietitian and Big River Farms farmer. Our farmer training program, which includes education and access to land, helps emerging farmers like her grow food. The program also helps farmers feed the community.

“There is enough food,” Jones said. “There’s just a problem with getting it to the people and people being able to afford it.”

Watch the Video
Learn more about the work of Big River Farms farmers—and how The Food Group is bringing more fresh food to the community as part of our hunger relief efforts.

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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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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