We are expanding our work and starting new projects. We are looking for partners, friends, donors and volunteers. Please read more about our programs, and let us know if you’d like to get involved!
Fruits of the City – We will be expanding the program this year and harvesting more surplus fruit from fruit trees in the Twin Cities. We will continue to hold fruit tree education workshops and support efforts to implement community orchards.
Community Food Project in St. Paul – We worked with four community organizations to assess the food situation in four neighborhoods in St. Paul, and with the results we will determine strategies to bring more healthy food to these neighborhoods.
Connecting Immigrant Farmers to Sustainable Markets Project – We worked with the Farmers’ Legal Action Group and other organizations to help immigrant farmers access new markets beyond the traditional farmers’ markets. In 2011 for example, Hmong farmers sold to Macalester College and the University of St. Thomas Dining Services as well as several local restaurants. Support Hmong farmers by trying new vegetables! Look for Daikon Radish, Thai Eggplant, Long Beans, Chinese Broccoli and Kabocha Squash at the market.
In 2011, the Minnesota Project was chosen for the Minnesota Philanthropy Partners “Nonprofits to Know” video series for its “Connecting Immigrant Farmers to Sustainable Markets Project” – a collaboration with the Farmers’ Legal Action Group in St. Paul. MN Partners regularly feature a new video highlighting Minnesota nonprofits doing important work in our communities.
Watch this 4-minute video to meet Robert and Nancy Lee, Hmong farmers who committed to learn new farm and business skills that helped them venture beyond the farmers’ market to sell their fresh produce at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Visit other Nonprofit to Know videos.