About the Emerging Farmers Conference
The annual Emerging Farmers Conference (formerly the Immigrant & Minority Farmers Conference) serves to advance the success and sustainability of farmers who traditionally face barriers to the education and resources necessary to build profitable agricultural businesses, including immigrant farmers and farmers of color.
This innovative conference focuses primarily on the needs and interests of these farmers, and supports their contributions to local economic development and building healthy communities. It does so by connecting farmers, farm advocates, educators, professionals, experts, and agency officials.
The Emerging Farmers Conference (EFC) is FREE for all farmers and language interpretation is available in Spanish, Hmong, Karen, Bhutanese, Vietnamese, and Somali. Interpretation is based on registration. (We do our best to accommodate all farmers, but cannot guarantee interpretation for last-minute registrations.)
The EFC is a program of Big River Farms. It is planned and hosted by a collaborative of farmers and volunteers, government, nonprofit, and University of Minnesota personnel.
Farmer Advisory Committee
The Farmer Advisory Committee informs the Emerging Farmers Conference planning process of farmer needs. These members meet monthly to advise on content and outreach. Are you a farmer who is interested in joining the Farmer Advisory Committee for future conferences and events? Big River Farms email@example.com
The Emerging Farmers Conference is a collaborative event organized by local, state, and federal organizations, led by Big River Farms (a program of The Food Group).
Aaron Blyth, Latino Economic Development Center
Bekah Kropp, The Food Group
Ellyn Oelfke, Farm Service Agency
Eric Wilson, EricW Creative
Erika Resendiz Alonso, Fond du Lac
Katie Feterl, Sustainable Farming Association
KaZoua Berry, The Food Group
Laura Mirafuentes, The Food Group
Lillian Otieno, Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Lucia Possehl, Sharing Our Roots
Lucinda Winter, Sustainable Farming Association
Marisa Benasutti, Augsburg College
Michael Chaney, Midwest Farmers of Color Collective
Nan Roberts, Independent Contractor
Natalie Hoidal, UMN Extension
Nikki Crowe, Fond du Lac
Pilar Ingram, Land Stewardship Project
Sara George, Renewing The Countryside
Sara Woutat, Renewing The Countryside
Sina Pleggenkuhle, Minnesota Farmers Market Association
Sophia Lenarz-Coy, The Food Group
Summer Badawi, The Food Group
Zoe Hollomon, Midwest Farmers of Color Collective