St. Paul, Minnesota
We are currently hiring for Farm Hand & Training Organizer, Post-Harvest Assistant, Communications Specialist and internships of a variety of types.
Check them out at: http://www.hmongfarmers.com/work-with-us/
In the fall of 2011, the Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) was formed on the premise that family farming could be a way of the future for Hmong immigrant farmers, as well as a way of the past. Conceived of and governed by Hmong farmers themselves, HAFA is dedicated to advancing the prosperity of Hmong farmers through cooperative endeavors, capacity building and advocacy.
Hmong farmers occupy a unique place in the history of Minnesota’s local foods movement. The Hmong are political refugees who immigrated to the United States after the Vietnam War. Upon their arrival, and with limited resources, many used their agricultural skills to raise their families. By the late 1980s, Hmong farmers had revitalized the Saint Paul and Minneapolis Farmers Markets, transforming them into some of the most vibrant markets in the country, while also changing Minnesota’s taste buds for Thai chili peppers and Chinese Bok Choy. As hard working farmers, they provided the fresh produce that fueled the exponential growth of farmers markets into suburban communities and urban corridors, and greatly increased the supply of nutritious, affordable food.
Today, Hmong American farmers account for 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. This explosion, awareness and interest in local foods and small-scale farming in Minnesota would not be possible without Hmong farmers.
We are currently taking applications for the following positions: