Cimarron Community Farm
Our Community Food Projects started Cimarron Community Farm in 2011 as a direct result of community engagement in Washington County to involve youth in growing and cooking food. Cimarron Community Farm is located in the Cimarron Mobile Home and Golf Park in Lake Elmo, Minnesota. Originally started as a youth garden in partnership with Cimarron Management and FamilyMean’s teen center in 2011 the projects has grown into a one acre vegetable and flower farm with a market stand. Youth and seniors living in Cimarron can work at the farm through the Washington County Workforce program. The work programs offer many life skills like carpentry, growing food, and starting a small business.
Cimarron Children’s Garden project is a joint venture with Cimarron Community Farm and Family Means Youth Center. Each year children grow vegetables, harvest, prepare meals and recipes in the certified kitchen at the Youth Center. The recipes are compiled into a cookbook designed and written by the children. The kids sell the cookbooks at the market stand and earn money. The garden and cooking program is one of the most popular programs for the kids in the summer.
Cimarron Community Farm (CCF) offers Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares and operates a market stand one day a week. EBT/SNAP benefits are accepted at the market stand, and residents of Cimarron who are in need are eligible for free vegetables. Cimarron residents are not turned away if they cannot pay. To learn more about the CSA, market stand and jobs at the farm visit Cimarroncommunityfarm.com
CCF hosts events at the farm, such as cooking demonstrations, planting gardens in small spaces, growing flowers and invites the community to an Annual Corn Roast event. Cimarron management continues to support CCF’s work through small grants, land and event planning. Our Community Food Projects operated the farm until 2020. OCFP is currently on the Advisory Board and helps with technical assistance and fundraising.