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IOWA NAVIGATORS

   

 

Hannah Breckbill
Humble Hands Harvest, Decorah, IA
Practical Farmers of Iowa, Ames IA
507-513-1502 | [email protected]

Hannah has been working on farms for a decade in Minnesota and Iowa. In 2017 she started a worker-owned cooperative farm, Humble Hands Harvest, in Decorah, Iowa. Hannah has worked as a farmer advocate with the Land Stewardship Project and Practical Farmers of Iowa. She completed the Farmland Access Navigator training in the winter of 2019-2020 and since then has been working with beginning farmers on land access, with a lot of interest in group and community ownership models. Hannah was recognized in 2021 as a Changemaker by MOSES.

 

Amber Mohr
Fork Tail Farm, Avoca, IA
Practical Farmers of Iowa, Ames IA
712-343-6537 | [email protected]

Amber and her family started Fork Tail Farm seven years ago in Avoca, IA where they produce pasture-raised meat and poultry. A beginning farmer herself, Amber has relied on the wisdom of experienced farmers to help her navigate decisions. She completed the Farmland Access Navigator training in the winter of 2019-2020 and has been working on farmland access since then. Amber also advocates for farmers as Executive Director of Avoca Main Street Inc., a local community economic development organization.

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Monika Owczarski
Sweet tooth Farm, Des Moines, IA
515-720-7191 | [email protected]

Monika Owczarski has been farming in Des Moines since 2016, when she founded Sweet Tooth Farm. It is her mission and passion to provide fresh, nutrient-dense foods that are not a luxury item. She believes that farmers should make a living wage - and that all people deserve nutritious food. Monika started the first Community Fridge in Iowa in collaboration with the farm to help realize that belief.
Monika farms in a network of urban plots alongside RadiateDSM, her collective farming partner. She has gained and lost many farming plots over the years, and is passionate about helping farmers find land to work that is viable, equitable, and sustainable.

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Corbin Scholz
Rainbow Roots Farm, Iowa City, IA
[email protected]

My name is Corbin Scholz, I use she/they pronouns. I am a vegetable farmer and soccer coach in Iowa City. I have been farming for 5 years and don't ever plan to stop! I serve on the board of the Sustainable Iowa Land Trust, and the Women, Food, & Ag Network. I'm also the President of the Eastern Iowa Young Farmers Coalition. I am passionate about land access because I didn't have the easiest time securing land when I was first getting started. Land access is one thing, and appropriate land access is another!

 
MINNESOTA NAVIGATORS

 

  

 

Aaron Blyth
Latino Economic Development Center, Saint Paul, MN
651-253-7268 | [email protected] 

Aaron helps direct LEDC’s Agricultural Program working to secure grants, managing the program budget, and coordinating LEDC’s Agricultural training activities including; business technical assistance to farmers, loan application assistance, marketing assistance, and in-field technical assistance. Aaron is a graduate of the University of Santa Cruz’s Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems’ Apprenticeship program in Ecological Horticulture. He spent over 8 years working and managing Organic vegetable farms in Oregon and Minnesota and 6 years as the farm manager of Big River Farms, an Organic vegetable training farm that works with emerging and immigrant farmers. Most recently, he spent 5 years as the Director of Shared Ground Farmers’ Cooperative, a majority-owned Latino marketing cooperative in St. Paul, MN. 

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Katie Kubovcik
Prairie Smoke Gardens, St. Paul, MN
651-528-0608 | [email protected]

Katie worked on organic vegetable farms for eight years. She has spent the last ten years as a farmer educator, including serving as the director of the MN Food Association’s Minority Farmer Training Program. For the past 4 years she has worked as a consultant supporting farmers in many aspects developing viable businesses. Katie completed the Farmland Access Navigator training in the winter of 2019-2020 and has been working with beginning farmers on farmland access since then. She has strong relationships with new immigrant and refugee farmer communities and has focused much of her work there.

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Moses Momanyi
Dawn 2 Dusk Farm & Kilimo Minnesota, Cambridge MN
763-691-4409 | [email protected]

Moses Momanyi co-owns the 20-acre organic certified Dawn2Dusk Farm in Cambridge Minnesota. Currently he sells vegetables at Mill City and Kingfield farmers markets in Minneapolis. President of Kilimo Minnesota, a nonprofit farmer incubator & African Growers and Producers Alliance.

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Brett Olson
Renewing the Countryside, Zumbro Falls, MN
612.910.7601 | [email protected]

Brett is a co-founder of RTC, its creative director, policy specialist, and spends most of his time providing business support and coaching to farm and food businesses. Brett has served as a Farmland Access Navigator for the Hub since its inception and worked with 35 clients since then. He has worked with beginning farmers for over a decade and is also knowledgeable in farm succession and transfer. Brett has helped organize and conduct many workshops and trainings for farmers and food businesses. Brett also has expertise in farm-to-school, agritourism, and regulations that pertain to farm and food businesses. 

 

Xiong Thao
The Good Acre, Falcon Heights, MN
651-247-8669 | [email protected]

Xiong is a Farm Programs Specialist with The Good Acre, a 501C3 nonprofit organization that connects and strengthens farmers, food makers, and communities through good food. He originally studied law enforcement before going on to join the army, but then decided to move on from army life and policing. 

Growing up in Wisconsin and Minnesota his parents always had a small garden to farm on, either rented or borrowed. They grew mostly herbs, corns, and Asian greens, like Chinese mustard, only producing enough for their own use -- both parents were too busy, and never produced enough for farmers markets.
Xiong hopes to eventually transition into farming fulltime. He says" I know it'll be more work and hours but it'll be more satisfying working for myself."

 
WISCONSIN NAVIGATORS

 

  

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Nicholas Leete
Rooted WI, Madison, WI
608-236-3478 | [email protected]

Originally from Minnesota, Nicholas has spent time in Iowa studying soil, water, and sustainable agriculture, has worked in middle-income housing in New York, and has researched perennial crops at the University of Wisconsin. He spent several years working with community-focused food and gardening projects before joining Rooted as the Gardens Network Manager. When not working on his own community garden plot, Nicholas enjoys cooking, biking, and the Madison lakes.

 

Nou Thao
Rooted WI, Madison, WI
608-348-5575 | [email protected]

Nou grew up on the eastside of Madison. She has volunteered with Troy Community Garden for many years before joining Rooted. Food is woven into the fabric of who she is. You can find her eating and surrounded by food all day long. She has worked to help address food insecurity in the community. She is an educator, an advocate, and community organizer. Nou is passionate in connecting communities through food and storytelling. 

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Bonnie Warndahl
Midwest Organic & Sustainable Education Service, Spring Valley, WI
Winnowburrow Farm & Florals
(888) 906-6737 Ext. 709, [email protected]

Bonnie owns Winnowburrow Farm & Florals, a small sustainable cut flower farm, home-based floral design studio, and agritourism business in Colfax, Wisconsin. I’ve been on my current farm for three years now and have been farming for seven. My business is based on beauty, sustainability, nature, and healing. Last summer I achieved a long-time dream of opening a farmstay so that I could welcome guests to relax and rejuvenate in natural surroundings. My farm is nestled into beautiful rolling hills along the Red Cedar River and the views from my hilltop flower field are breathtaking. I plan to add more pollinator habitat to my land and increase the biodiversity here by planting more native trees and shrubs. I also hope to do some soil regeneration and weed/brush mitigation by using sheep and/or goats in rotational grazing.