HAFA celebrates past work, raising funds to pay for its farm

HAFA will continue to sublet smaller plots to Hmong farmers on its 155 acres in Vermillion Township in Dakota County that it has operated on for more than six years.

This past year, HAFA rolled out a two part, $5.22 million capital campaign to raise funds to buy the HAFA Farm, and then raise additional funds to build a year-round, washing, curing and cooling facility and office space on the HAFA site.

The last stage of the campaign was celebrated by a Nov. 18 virtual event in which Pakou Hang, co-founder of HAFA, served as the emcee.

“Thank you for your assistance to help us purchase the HAFA farm,” said Hang. “Not just for our farmers, but for anyone who cares about family farms, and who cares about fair and just food systems, and who cares about making sure that we are uplifting the dignity of workers, especially farm workers.”

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Janssen Hang, executive director of HAFA, shared with the audience how for the past 20 years, Hmong farmers “led the local food movement in Minnesota.”

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