Marine on Saint Croix, MN
CSA Type: Vegetables, Fruit
Drop Locations: Moon Palace Books, Butter Bakery, and more
Big River Farms, a program of The Food Group, offers education in organic agriculture for farmers who have historically been underrepresented in farm ownership. They provide beginning farmers mentorship and guidance in managing their own 1/8- to 6-acre plots of certified organic land.
Big River Farms’ produce is certified organic. Purchasing their CSA share supports a diverse group of farmers—including those who are refugees and immigrants. By growing for Big River Farms, farmers gain access to land, infrastructure, training, marketing, and distribution channels while growing their own farm business. They offer customizable CSA shares with accessible options like SNAP, subsidized shares, and other flexible payment options.
“Joining our CSA is one of the most meaningful ways you can support local farmers from a variety of diverse backgrounds. Profits from CSA memberships are used to purchase organic produce directly from beginning farmers in our land-based education program. Additionally, a percentage from each CSA membership helps fund shared farming resources at Big River Farms, including access to land and infrastructure, training materials, marketing support, and distribution channels for emerging farmers.”