Amador Hill Farm and Orchard
A Program of the Women’s Environmental Institute
In 2006, two years after the Women’s Environmental Institute (WEI) was started, organizers of the non-profit began stewarding 25 acres of farmland on Amador Hill in Amador Township in eastern Minnesota. The effort began as part of the Institute’s mission to advance environmental justice through farming.
Amador Hill Farm and Orchard is an organically certified four-season operation that started as a small CSA but has since grown to a large CSA network. The farm is also used for demonstration and education purposes, advancing organic practices including composting, cover-cropping, reduced tillage and improved soil health.
Amador Farm and Orchard produce well over 150 varieties of vegetables, herbs and fruits, distributed through a CSA, the Mill City Farmers Market, Veggie Rx, the North Circle Online Farmers Market, and other venues. In addition to growing organic produce, the farm supports diverse cultural heritage projects and educational opportunities. And it is a welcoming place for volunteers and community visitors.
Jacquelyn Zita is the farm manager and Kayla Pridmore is the assistant farm manager. The farm crew is made up of Lauren Meister, Sarah Hunt, Rachel de Sobrino, Christina Zettel, Jeff Vitali, Hilary Sandall, and others, including many volunteers.
WEI’s farmer education program reaches over 300 farmers each year through more than 32 online classes and the annual Will Allen Farmer Training weekend. WEI also has active urban farming projects in the East Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis that address hunger, racial disparities, poverty and environmental justice.
This year’s theme for WEI’s Will Allen Farmer Training is "100 Days of Food: Grow, Harvest and Preserve," designed to inspire growers and consumers to store 100 days of food to survive the coming challenges of climate crisis, global instability and food scarcity.