DSC03517 -2Atina Diffley
is an organic farmer-educator, activist, and author of the 2013 Minnesota Book Award winner, Turn Here Sweet Corn: Organic Farming Works–a memoir based on Atina’s life running the Gardens of Eagan organic vegetable farm. Her advocacy has addressed the pressures of suburban development, and she successfully led a legal and citizen campaign against the notorious polluters, Koch Industries, to create an Organic Mitigation Plan for organic farms in Minnesota.Subscribe to Atina’s on-line blog at

Awards and Recognitions

2013 Minnesota Book Award, Memoir and Creative Non-fiction | Friends Of The Saint Paul Public Library
2008 Successful Farmer of the Year || EcoFarm (California)
2008 Lawsuit of the Year || Minnesota Law and Politics || December 2008
2007 Cooperate for Community Award || National Cooperative Grocer Association
2004 Organic Farmer of the Year || Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Services
2004 New Initiative Farmer of the Year  || Dakota County MN

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