The hand that feeds thumbnail

The Hands that Feed

The Hands that Feed, a play to be performed at Hmong New Year, 2011

Lifting the Veil behind Minnesota Homegrown: Hmong in the Markets and the Fields

What is the perspective from behind the farmer’s market stall? $2 for a small basket of tomatoes; what’s the secret behind the homemade signs?  Many people who shop local and organic care about the chemical input (the fertilizers and pesticides), yet how many know about the human input, the sacrifices, the fears, and the faith?

A new theater performance about Hmong farming titled The Hands that Feed is being collaboratively produced by Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT) with Kao Kalia Yang (The Latehomecomer: a Hmong Family Memoir) and Dr. Hui Niu Wilcox (Sociologist at St. Catherine University).

The story is about Hmong farmers and the fields they toil in.    It is a story about people being uprooted and finding their way back to the land.  It is the human cost of holding on to traditions and wisdoms, and the soil that nurtures these humans.

This production has grown from an innovative way to release in-depth research into a full-scale theatrical performance. The intent is to create a space for inter-ethnic/ inter-generational dialogues about agriculture, food, immigration, and social justice that we need right here in MN. It is a call for action to 1) build a more inclusive local food movement and 2) to strengthen family-owned sustainable agriculture.

It is time to lift the romanticizing veil of “Minnesota homegrown” and tackle the pertinent issues of growing healthier as a community.  Please join in the conversation with your questions, your comments, your curiosity, and your care.  We will soon be holding a community informational meeting where we can gather input and answer questions and concerns that the community may have about the project.  Please sign up below to receive information and updates about this project.  The play will be performed during Hmong New Year, 2011 in St. Paul, MN and will tour during the spring of 2012.

Oops! We could not locate your form.

Contact: Angie Galvan Hardy, Managing Director, Center for Hmong Arts and Talent

By phone: 651-603-6971, by email: