CSA Type: Vegetables, Flowers
Drop Locations: varies
In 2011, a group of Hmong American farming families formed the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) with the belief that the best people to support Hmong farmers are Hmong farmers themselves, and that we are all lifted up when those who are affected by an unfair food system lead the change we seek. HAFA formed with the mission to advance the prosperity of Hmong American farmers through cooperative endeavors, capacity building and advocacy. The HAFA CSA is not simply a food delivery service, but rather a social contract rooted in community, mutuality, and stewardship of the land and the local economy—the main pillars of the community-wealth-building movement.
Today, Hmong American farmers are leading the Twin Cities local food economy, making up more than 50% of all the farmers in metropolitan farmers markets. Hmong farmers are at the center of a Minnesota-based local foods economy that, according to AgStar Financial Services, generates over $250 million in annual sales. Without Hmong farmers, this explosion of awareness and interest in local foods and small-scale farming in Minnesota would not be possible.