MOSES Organic Field Day: Season Extension

Take a virtual tour of the newly constructed high tunnel at Mhonpaj’s Garden, the first farm in the Hmong community in Minnesota to be certified organic. MOSES Organic Specialist Mhonpaj Lee offers tips on high tunnel selection, building, and growing vegetables in this protected environment.

In addition, the specific topics highlighted in our live virtual event will be discussed more in-depth in 5 separate videos that will be released between now and the end of June. Translation into Hmong and Spanish will be available on all recordings.

Mhonpaj Lee and Rodrigo Cala to Lead MOSES Organic Field Days

Image courtesy MOSES.

MOSES (Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service) recently announced their Organic Field Day schedule for summer 2021. Two MCIA-certified organic operations, Mhonpaj’s Garden and Cala Farm Origenes, are among the participating farms. The purpose of Organic Field Days is to showcase successful organic farms and to offer ideas that others can put into practice.

On June 2, Mhonpaj Lee will be lead a virtual field day on the topic Season Extension at Mhonpaj’s Garden. The program will focus on connecting NRCS staff with the Hmong farming community; it will also include valuable tips for growers regarding high tunnel production.

On August 18, Rodrigo Cala will present on the topic Systems Approach to Organic Farming at Cala Farm Origenes, in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin. He will share information about rotational grazing sheep, integrated vegetable systems, weed management, cover cropping, and perennial systems.

Visit the MOSES website to register for these events and for further details. Visit MCIA Organic Services for more information about organic certification.

Meet Multitalented Mhonpaj Lee

If you shop at farmers markets in the Twin Cities, you may have encountered the bountiful, fresh produce grown by Mhonpaj’s Garden. Did you know that Mhonpaj’s Garden has the distinction of being the first Hmong-owned certified organic farm in Minnesota? The operation is certified organic by Minnesota Crop Improvement Association. Learn more about Mhonpaj Lee, the farm’s owner and namesake, and her new role as an organic farming advisor with MOSES, in this recently published Organic Broadcaster article, written by MCIA Organic Certification Specialist Bailey Webster.