The Emerging Farmers Conference is a collaborative event organized by local, state, and federal organizations, led by Big River Farms, a program of the Food Group.

For more than 40 years The Food Group has worked to provide good foods to those who need it most in our community. We focus on local food access, equity, and nutrition issues related to food and hunger in more than 32 counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The Food Group works on both ends of the food system from production to distribution. Working towards building a better local food system for all, we focus on breaking down barriers to growing good food locally and breaking down barriers to getting good food to those who need it most.

Partner organizations and individuals include:
Cala Farms
Fond Du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Land Stewardship Project
Latino Economic Development Center (LEDC)
Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES)
MN Dept. of Agriculture
Nan Roberts
Renewing the Countryside
Somali Farming Association
Sustainable Farming Association of Minnesota
The Good Acre
The University of Minnesota Extension