CSA Type: Vegetables
Drop Locations: The Coven in Minneapolis & St. Paul
Naima Dhore, a Somali-American certified organic farmer in Minnesota, shares her farming story with the Twin Cities Metro Growers Network. She first started out growing herbs in the bathroom window of her apartment. She fell in love with farming and has been growing at Big River Farms. Naima also started the Somali American Farmers Association (SAFA) “to support Somali and immigrant farmers who focus on culturally specific and organic produce and indigenous African farming practices.
“These practices have been deeply rooted in our culture for such a long time,” Naima explains. “What may strike an American farmer as new and innovative is actually a method that’s been used by centuries of African farmers who think about the ecosystem as a whole and don’t just take what we want.” By returning to these indigenous farming practices, Naima believes, we can heal not only the earth but also the communities who need it most.
Watch the farmer talk with Naima Dhore of Naima’s Farm from the 2022 CSA Fair.