A Message to Our Communities
WEI is committed to the health and safety of our staff, volunteers, customers, and community. We want you to know that the WEI team are closely following updates issued by the  Minnesota Department of Health ,   CDC ,  and  World Health Organization , and the  Minnesota Department of Agriculture ,  following all recommended practices. WEI, Amador Hill Farm, and North Circle Online Farmers Market are: 

  • Increasing sanitation, disinfection practices and hand-washing; personal
safety practices are required of all employees and volunteers
  • Ensuring employees and volunteers who are sick or exposed to anyone who
is sick, remain at home
  • Working with our local community to immediately improve food distribution systems to those experiencing food insecurity
  • WEI campus is closed to visitors; staff are conducting most work remotely except for our skeleton farm crew and farm volunteers
  • WEI committee work, Board communications, and farm visits are being conducted by ZOOM meetings
  • All March classes are postponed until further notice, registered student will receive email updates with more details
  • WEI follows strict food safety practices according to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and train our farm crew and volunteers in food safety practices
Food Systems Work Will Continue
Now more than ever, it is critical for small farms to continue operating as they provide a valuable resource for communities, especially in times of crisis. We are committed to our farm and North Circle partner farms working hard to accelerate production and provide food access to our customers and local community. Here are a few ways that WEI will remain active in food distribution:

  • We will continue with our CSAs, and make drop-site adjustments if needed - watch for separate email next week
  • We will participate in drive-up farmers markets, more info at Mill City Farmers Market
  • We are working on a plan to increase local food distribution in the East Central Minnesota area with the North Circle Farmers- more info to come
  • Organic Farming 101 course will remain open for enrollment. This class is an extraordinary opportunity for new farmer rapid training and further engagement with our community-based food systems. Includes over three months of room and board for registered students and structured educational hands-on experience in organic farming. Partial scholarships now available - Apply
  • Spring Greens CSA option has a few more shareholder spaces available. Place your order as soon as possible to avoid wait listing. The farm crew is moving forward on seeding and hoop house growing for our May shareholders who will have nutrient greens on the table by the last week in April through the first week in June.
Your generosity will enable us to continue to 
develop WEI as a vital community resource.
The Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI) is an environmental research, renewal and retreat center designed to create and share knowledge about environmental issues and policies relevant to women, children and identified communities affected by environmental injustice; to promote agricultural justice, organic and sustainable agriculture and ecological awareness; and to support activism that influences public policy and promotes social change. Our mission brings together agricultural, food, and environmental justice, one community at a time; one farm at a time, one person at a time and all of us together.
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