Big River Farms

We provide land and resources for farmers to learn sustainable practices, grow organic foods, and build strong businesses.

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Big River Farms


About the farm

Big River Farms is an incubator farm near Marine on St. Croix, MN. Farmers have access to plots of organic land and are encouraged to build their business, take classes, and grow sustainably.

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Farmer Education

  • Land-based education: Beginning farmers can manage plots of certified organic land.
  • Sustainable agriculture classes Learn about soil health, biodiversity, pollinator habitats, water conservation, and other sustainable growing practices.

Emerging Farmers Conference

Our annual conference is an opportunity for people who want to lead change in the local farm system. The conference offers education, networking, and resource shares. Learn more here.

Land Philosophy

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We are caretakers
We are in a symbiotic relationship with the land to food while keeping the soil healthy.

We believe the health of the ecosystem is crucial to the success of our farm.

Volunteer on the Farm
Ann Hill, Big River Farms volunteer says, “Especially during this time of uncertainty, it is wonderful to reconnect with the earth and all it can produce.  I am grateful to volunteer with an organization that provides quality agricultural opportunities to those who are underrepresented in the production and distribution of nutritious, fresh, delicious foods.” Join Ann and others by volunteering today!

The Farm Setting
Big River Farms is located in the Wilder Forest in May Township, Washington County. The tract includes about 400 acres of high-quality, undisturbed forest and wetland. It is a great privilege to work on land surrounded by woods and lakes. We are surrounded by life above ground ... and in our soil. Learn more about the history of Big River Farms in our FAQs.

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The Food Group

We’re a local nonprofit working at the intersection of equity and access to healthy, sustainable foods. From farming to distribution, we provide good food to those who need it most in 30 counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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