Stop by to check our exhibit at the Agriculture-Horticulture Building in the Minnesota State Fair!

We’re honored to be the new caretakers of The Common Table exhibit at the MN State Fair! Since 2014, The Common Table wing of the Agriculture-Horticulture Building has been the gathering place for food justice at the Fair, bringing together community members, organizations, restaurants, growers, eaters, and dreamers from across the state.

Metro Food Justice Network is excited to continue the momentum created by so many dedicated organizers and volunteers over the years. As MFJN lives into its new leadership role with The Common Table, we will expand and enhance the exhibit by tying all the current elements together and highlighting the systemic nature of what goes into eating food. This includes making a more explicit connection to equity, highlighting our common experiences of food, and making connections between urban and rural food systems.

Get Involved!

More opportunities to be involved in The Common Table will be coming soon! If you’re interested in planning and organizing the event with the MFJN Action Team, leading a demonstration or workshop, or partnering in some other way, reach out to to connect.

Volunteering during the MN State Fair:

What you do –

  • Sign up for a timeslot!
  • Come to a one-hour volunteer training session – Sunday, August 18 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. or Monday, August 19 from 6:00 -7:00 p.m.
  • Come to the fair! Chat with fair-goers, help them engage with our interactive exhibits, assist presenters, and direct people to the bathroom! It’s a pretty sweet gig.

What you get –

  • Free admission to the fair on each day you volunteer
  • The opportunity to introduce Minnesotans to the idea of local, sustainable food
  • Comprehensive volunteer training on-site
  • The opportunity to work with family or friends, if you’re into that (we’re looking for at least 2 people per shift)
  • To enjoy the Great Minnesota Get Together. For free!


Please email with any questions.

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