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The Immigrant Microbiome Project presents

hmong food


a workshop series for Hmong Americans

exploring our food on the farm & in the kitchen

summer 2017



Hmong vegetables are rich in nutrients and fiber, and offer limitless versatility. Learn fail-proof methods for traditional dishes, and how to incorporate modern, healthy alternatives.


Farming plays a crucial role in our history and culture. Learn how to cultivate these traditions alongside elder Hmong farmers as they impart their wisdom. 


Cooking and eating brings us together. Our workshops use food as a medium for building relationships within the community and across generations.


workshop leaders

Chef Yia Vang

"All food has a narrative"

Yia is the chef and owner of the pop-up restaurant Union Kitchen. After working in several local restaurants (such as Nighthawks, Borough, and Spoon and Stable), his food has morphed into highlighting Hmong food--with a Midwestern twist. He is passionate about teaching, hosting, and most of all, telling stories through food.

Pakou Hang

Pakou Hang is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Hmong American Farmers Association. Pakou’s childhood was spent picking cucumbers for Gedney Pickles and growing and selling vegetables at the local farmers markets. She has worked for over 12 years as a community organizer and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2008 with a Masters in Political Science and from Yale University in 1999 with a B.A. also in Political Science. 


The Good Acre


Kick-off &

cooking class 1

We'll kick off the summer series with a HOT class! Did you know that spicy peppers boost metabolism? This hands-on class will highlight several recipes for spicy dipping sauces (kua txob),  perfect for summer BBQs. 

AUG 16

cooking class 2

Join us as we make a healthy fish dish seasoned with familiar Hmong herbs. We'll also share a fail-proof cucumber-papaya salad recipe--perfect for the hot summer days.

HAFA Farms

JULy 22

Intro to the Farm

 We'll take a deep dive into how food is grown on HAFA farms by getting our hands dirty! Attendees will get to take home a hand-picked bag of fresh produce!


Private farm session

In small groups, you'll work closely with a farmer to maximize the passing of wisdom. Sign up for a date and show up ready to tackle the most pressing tasks of the day (e.g. checking on honeybees, caring for strawberries, picking flowers, etc.).

Sept 12

cooking class 3

Learn how to pickle the freshly harvested zaub nstuab, then take it home to ferment. We'll also make dishes with some already-fermented zaub qaub


farm dinner & Tour

We'll take a full tour of all the amazing things happening on the HAFA farms, then sit down to share a concluding dinner with HAFA farmers.

Workshop registration fees are $3 each, and includes meals.

**Attending all workshops is highly encouraged as this is a workshop series. Attendance to ALL workshops enters you in for a chance to win food/kitchen give-aways.

Attendees must:

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