Fields: immigrants, agriculture, labor, Hmong, sustainability
Location: Saint Paul, Minnesota
About the Organization: The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) is a social justice minded nonprofit organization that works with Hmong American farmers in the Twin Cities and the surrounding metropolitan area. Its mission is to advance the economic, social and cultural prosperity of these farmers and their families. Many Hmong farmers face numerous obstacles to farming, including lack of access to land, capital, training and alternative markets besides the farmers’ markets. Through cooperative farming, education and advocacy, HAFA works with Hmong farmers to create a path to wealth creation, not just income generation.
Hmong American Farmers Association’s (HAFA) work is grounded in strong communitarian values and based around a Whole Food Model, which acknowledges that all aspects of the farm-to-fork system must be addressed simultaneously to truly build intergenerational and community wealth. There are five distinct but interrelated components in the model: land access, new markets, trainings and capacity building, financing, and research and data collection. What makes HAFA’s model unique is that it works with cohorts of experienced Hmong farmers and employs community organizing tactics to truly get at systems change.
About the Position: If you like to work with fun folks, be outdoors, and learn a new culture, come and join us! Social justice is our concern, and advancing the prosperity of Hmong farmers in Minnesota is our goal. Hmong farmers contribute to our local economy more than we can observe, so it’s time we elevate their role in our communities!
HAFA is hiring a Farm Project Assistant to facilitate HAFA’s Alternative Markets Program. HAFA’s rapid growth is creating an opportunity to reorganize and become more effective.
The position will be stationed half of the year at the HAFA Farm, a 155 acre incubator and research vegetable farm located in Vermillion Township, Minnesota just 20 minutes outside of Saint Paul.
Special Requirements/Qualifications: The ideal candidate should be highly motivated, organized, and outgoing with excellent interpersonal, written, and oral Hmong communication skills.
- The ideal candidate should be highly motivated, organized, and outgoing with excellent interpersonal, written, and oral Hmong communication skills.
- A Hmong & English speaker,
- Understand and know farming terms in Hmong or have interest to learn,
- Personable and easy to get along with people of all ages especially elder Hmong farmers,
- Ability to walk and stand for long periods of time in outdoor environments,
- Experience in documentation,
- Open to learning about sustainable agriculture and food hub operations.
Estimated Salary: $16/hr + generous benefits
Hmong American Farmers Association