The Farmers

The original culture makers

ArtCrop was created on the principle that Artists and Farmers are cultural makers. ArtCrop is partnered with Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) farmers to bring you the only art and food CSA. HAFA draws its membership from a large pool of established Hmong farmers in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, including hundreds of farmers who are long term members of the growers associations connected to the Saint Paul and the Minneapolis farmers markets.

The typical HAFA farmer is someone who has been farming for over 20 years on just abou 10 acres of land and resides in the Twin Cities but farms in Washington or Dakota County. With 128 HAFA members, farmers grow a variety of vegetables and flowers for the local farmers markets and the CSA. ArtCrop worked with a small cohort of farmers that participated in an artist residency to capture their stories. This experience helped inspire the mural on the farm and our very first artshare. Meet Soua Thao, Tim Vang and Judy Yang.

 Judy Yang, Hmong farmer, spends a moment with us on her field to take short break.

Judy Yang, Hmong farmer, spends a moment with us on her field to take short break.

 Hands of an artisan creating Hmong batik patterns.

Hands of an artisan creating Hmong batik patterns.

 2017 ArtCrop X HAFA artshare coaster set.

2017 ArtCrop X HAFA artshare coaster set.

 Plant details from the mural located on the HAFA Farm in Hastings, MN.

Plant details from the mural located on the HAFA Farm in Hastings, MN.


 

The ArtCrop Team

The dream team that makes it happen

We are a collective of creatives with mad love for art, culture, and people. We’re creating a movement. We want our future generations to know our people, gifts and dreams, like how our ancestors seeded theirs for us. We want to leave evidence to spark the next gen’s own love stories of Hmong culture and identity because our people are spread out across a global diaspora as refugees from the Vietnam War (American War in Vietnam).

We’re obsessed with creating art/work and experiences inspired by our roots to foster real connections for our community, that’s you! We carefully consider our process through a collective, authentic and, most of all, fun approach so that we may bring you our best curated harvest of art and food partners. We want to create a culture of abundance, pride and welcome for all to enjoy. When we’re not ArtCropping, we are dreaming up or instigating the next wave in community innovation. Dream with us.

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Oskar Ly

Oskar Ly is a queer Hmong French American fashion designer, organizer and cultural producer. Taking her a passion for sustainability through cultural innovation, she founded ArtCrop and created the inaugural 2017 Thanksgiving share with batik hemp textiles from Red Green Rivers artisans to make unique handmade art coasters. Oskar creates, speaks and connects all things ArtCrop. Let’s talk!

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Christina Vang

Christina Vang is multi-disciplinary artist whose work is focused on community-oriented narratives. She designed the community mural on HAFA's farm in Hastings, Minnesota. The mural design is inspired by the Farmers' stories and depicts herbs found in traditional Hmong cooking. Christina brings along her own personal connection to farming to infuse ArtCrop’s public art, design and artistic flare.

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Teeko Yang

Teeko Yang is a photographer and cultural producer. She documented the inaugural summer residency on the farm that led to the artshare and the mural via social media, through photography, recordings, and community engagement. Drawing inspiration from her own family’s roots in farming and entrepreneurial spirit, Teeko is ArtCrop’s chief storytelling and communications whiz.

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ArtCrop returns to the
2018 HAFA Thanksgiving CSA!

 

We’ve been hard at work to find you the next CSA artist and are delighted to welcome Xee Reiter as the 2018 ArtCrop artist!

Xee is a self-taught artist specializing in watercolor, pen, and ink illustrations. She will create a unique artpiece that is available only through the HAFA Thanksgiving CSA share. Don’t miss out on it!