Welcome to The Village
The Village Agricultural Cooperative and Learning Community
aims to create opportunities for our communities to grow culturally relevant food.
Based in Rochester, Minnesota, we now support 6 growing sites totaling over 6 acres of land, supporting 160 growers and their families. Our growers are primarily recent immigrants and first-generation individuals looking to deploy their indigenous agricultural practices, but we welcome any hard-working individual who would like to grow food.
Our network is seeking more land on which to grow their own food. Food is the second highest expense in most home budgets. Most of the growers live in housing where they cannot grow food, or they wish to grow for sale in local markets and are seeking farmland access.
We have identified the need for more land, and the education that goes along with sustainable land management and best business practices in local selling markets, along with the need to improve our climate through healthy soil and plants.
Our community seeks increased opportunity to grow and sell
culturally relevant products. We have partnered with Growing Home to become
a 501c3 nonprofit business in an effort to support this need.
This is important because the state of Minnesota has some of the largest disparities in wealth, education, and home ownership. Opportunities such as The Village support individuals
to reduce their grocery bills, grow fresh food in a sustainable manner,
and preserve and share their cultural norms and practices. Our outdoor spaces provide sunshine, exercise, and community while growing healthy produce that strengthens us all.
THANK YOU for your support!
We had several private donors at the $100 level as well. We appreciate you all!
FARM Fest 2021
Thank you to everyone who donated and supported our fundraising celebration!
Board Member Support!
Special thanks to our many board members who showed up in a major way.
Master Gardeners and "resident" artists!
T-shirts for sale!
University of Minnesota - Rochester
Sharing ancient tales through dance
Mayo Clinic - Office of Equity Research
Thank you to Mayo Clinic for sponsoring our event at the Environmental Activist level, and for partnering with us this year to bring a 3-part series to our growers.
Bike Club and ACHLA - sharing art, bikes, and salsa!
Current Major Supporters
Healthy Families, Healthy Lives - grant funding from University of Minnesota, executed by University of Minnesota - Rochester, ending Dec. 2021.
Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation (SMIF) - https://smifoundation.org/blog/2021/04/supporting_food_and_farming_entrepreneurs/
Mayo Clinic - Office of Equity Research - FARM Fest 2021 sponsor
Lowe's Home Improvement - Community Support Grant
PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation - Barcley Giel Seed grant
Minnesota Statewide Health Improvement Partnership (SHIP) - grant money for supplies
Press & Publications
R-Town Episode, KSMQ TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qnYbLDTglxQ
Khmer Cooking with Kim Sin: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOkSWVmJwfZpyZGLOiwwbFQ?app=desktop