The Minnesota African Women Sustainable Backyard Farming Project

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2008: $17,981.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2011
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Coordinator:

Annual Reports


  • Agronomic: peanuts, potatoes
  • Vegetables: sweet potatoes, beans, cabbages, carrots, cucurbits, eggplant, garlic, greens (leafy), peppers, tomatoes
  • Additional Plants: tobacco


  • Crop Production: food product quality/safety
  • Education and Training: demonstration, display, farmer to farmer, networking, workshop
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning, new enterprise development, budgets/cost and returns, community-supported agriculture, cooperatives, marketing management, farm-to-institution, agricultural finance, value added
  • Natural Resources/Environment: biodiversity, habitat enhancement
  • Pest Management: botanical pesticides, competition, cultural control, field monitoring/scouting, integrated pest management, physical control, mulching - plastic, sanitation
  • Production Systems: organic agriculture, permaculture
  • Soil Management: earthworms, organic matter
  • Sustainable Communities: ethnic differences/cultural and demographic change, infrastructure analysis, leadership development, local and regional food systems, new business opportunities, partnerships, urban agriculture, urban/rural integration, analysis of personal/family life, employment opportunities, social networks

    Proposal summary:

    The Minnesota African Women Sustainable Backyard Farming Project will work with women of African backgrounds on beginning backyard farms and related businesses in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Area. The project is a collaborative of the three Backyard Farmers and three community organizations working together to help African Women become farmers and/or agriculturally based business owners.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.