Hmong American Farmers Association Case Study
Through a partnership with Pollen Midwest, we created a case study to learn how the Hmong American Farmers Association works to build equity in urban agricultural practices in the Twin Cities.
Excerpt from the Case Study
Where other organizations might see threat and competition, Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) sees the opportunity to work in partnership for the advancement of the field as a whole. This collaboration and HAFA’s commitment to open communication make its experimental yet solutions-oriented approach more successful for the organization and its members.
The Long Game
HAFA offers all kinds of support to community farmers but also works to ensure that farmers have the training and tools to succeed on their own. From public policy to agricultural techniques, HAFA designs culturally inclusive trainings that keep farmers thinking about their long-term success.
The Future is Transparent
When one of their signature programs was struggling for funding, HAFA didn’t just gather staff to chart a path forward. It shared the news with farmers at a meeting, gave them options for the future and laid out an inclusive decision-making process.