Seeds of Change: A Portrait of the Hmong American Farmers Association

Photographs by Mike Hazard

August 10 – September 23, 2018
Opening reception: Friday, August 10, 5 – 7 p.m.
Free and open to the public

Red Wing Arts
418 Levee Street | Red Wing, MN, 55066

The Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) has served, supported, and advocated for Hmong farmers and their families since 2011. HAFA was founded with the mission of advancing the community’s prosperity: They strive to eliminate many of the obstacles farmers face and help to establish long-term solutions for growth and sustainability.

The photographs and books on view in Seeds of Change: A Portrait of the Hmong American Farmers Association were created by multimedia artist Mike Hazard. These images comprise a year in the lives of Hmong American farmers working on the HAFA farm in Vermillion Township, Minnesota. The images cross generations and cultures, capturing the vibrant community and rich history of the farm, showcasing the fruits of community efforts to cultivate success among first-, second-, and third-generation Hmong Americans. As it has grown, HAFA has implemented multiple programs designed to enable their affiliated farmers to be successful, which include building access to long-term land tenure and land ownership, establishing dependable markets, and offering professional training to hone both farming and business techniques.

Seeds of Change celebrates the rich culture of Minnesota’s Hmong farmers, while highlighting the beauty of Minnesota’s landscape and our state’s agricultural traditions. This exhibition also fosters dialogues on family, community, immigration, and local commerce, touching on broader topics of ethnicity, land ownership, and sustainability. You may also watch a related video, We Go to the Garden, to experience more of the sights and sounds of the farm through the seasons.

Seeds of Change is organized by the Minnesota Museum of American Art, where it was first exhibited in the spring of 2016. From there, the exhibition has traveled to the Minnesota State Capitol, Hastings Arts Center, and the Morrison Gallery at the University of Minnesota – Morris.

Gallery hours @ Red Wing Arts: Monday- Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m..; Saturday 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information, visit redwingarts.org.

Mike Hazard
Mai gathers radish seeds/Maiv npaaj noob, 2015
Archival pigment print
Courtesy of the artist and the Center for International Education

Mike Hazard
Lang and Mee weed the field/Lang hab Mim nthua nro, 2015
Archival pigment print
courtesy of the artist and the Center for International Education

Mike Hazard
Rosie carries a Hmong cucumber/Rosie nqaa ib lub dlib Moob, 2015
Archival pigment print
Courtesy of the artist and the Center for International Education