The Hmong American Farmers Association Farm
The Hmong American Farmers Association Farm, HAFA, is a 155-acre research and incubator farm located in Vermillion Township in southeastern Minnesota’s Dakota County. HAFA sub-leases land to its farmer members who are experienced Hmong-American farming families from the Twin Cities metropolitan area. HAFA also maintains multiple research and demonstration plots to provide continuing education in sustainable agricultural practices for its 18 families.
Since acquiring the farm in 2013 farm organizers, including Pakou Hang and Janssen Hang, have begun implementing numerous sustainable farming practices including composting, succession planting, installing grass roadways, planting pollinator habitat and laying down erosion blankets.
Organizers are executing a whole farm pollinator plan and are conducting a multi-year cover crop research project to study the effects of various cover crops on water and soil health.
Pakou Hang is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Hmong American Farmers Association. She is a Yale University graduate and received her Master’s Degree from the University of Minnesota in 2008. Janssen Hang is the farm’s senior organizer and farm manager. He is a 2001 graduate of St. Olaf College and has more than 20 years of experience in agriculture.