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Hmong Farming Community Near Minneapolis, Minnesota

Photo by Kimberley Britt @ FlickrCC July 10, 2014.
“Smiling Eyes” – local farmer – in Minnesota

With a population of 66,000, Minneapolis has the largest Hmong urban population in the world. Farm programs for the Hmong in the Twin Cities area were begun in the 1980s.

These next photos are all taken at HAFA farm in Minnesota. HAFA stands for Hmong American Farmers Association. This group has benefitted the region with their unique and diverse specialty crops, as you will see in the photos.

Mao – onions – HAFA FARM

JUDY GAO – looking south – HAFA FARM

Veronica – wash stations – HAFA FARM

Mo, Sam, Mao, Vinai – red potatoes – HAFA FARM

Mao, Moua, Mao – peas – HAFA FARM

Tha corn seed – HAFA FARM


Finally, here is a video explaining the HAFA farm:

I’d venture to guess that this Hmong farm community around Minneapolis is aging as its younger generation chooses urban jobs over rural, as is the case everywhere else, too.

Photos are by Mike Hazard, Media for HAFA, FlickrCC.