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Surin Farms

 
Surin Farms is a place where the residents find great peace working with Mother Nature to tend the land and reap her benefits. The 180acres is divided in roughly equal parts between crop land and pristine woodlands. It is home to wild turkey, pheasants, deer, coyote and a wide variety of other creatures. The farm has been in operation since the early 1900s and was part of the original watershed district project.

Frank Anderson bought Surin Farms 22 years ago after returning from one of his missions managing relief operations in war zones across the globe.

A Life of War and Peace

When not devoting himself to responsible stewardship of the land, Frank has usually been found in the middle of conflict, helping the desperate and dis-empowered.
 
Sometimes this has been in the form of advocacy,  such as lobbying for the interests of people with disabilities at the state level as Deputy Director of ARRM.
                             
But Frank's real mission starts when war breaks out. He will be there evaluating how to best fill the health and nutritional needs of refugees, displaced persons and devastated local populations.
 
From smuggling civilians targeted for genocide out of Sarajevo, to assisting with amputations in refugee camps on the Cambodian border or finding himself in the midst of Middle Eastern terrorists, Frank has overcome all odds in the interest of helping others.  Most amazingly, perhaps, he has managed to survive himself.
 
Today, Frank prefers the tranquility of Mother Nature and aspires to sharing this sense of peace with his family, friends and visitors.  He and his sons Marty and John run Surin Farms in a manner that nourishes both body and soul.
 
Come share the peace.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Thailand 1983 - 1989

 

Frank spent several years in Thailand and Cambodia working for Catholic Relief Services (ARC) in various roles, including Country Director for Thailand, during which time he was responsible for the administration of all refugee, emergency and development programs in Thailand.
 
Water girls in Thai border camp
As Field Director for Surin, Thailand and Cambodia, Frank directed emergency medical and nutrition programs to refugees and displaced persons on the entire
northern border of Cambodia, including besieged Tatum, with a population over 60,000. He twice facilitated the move of the entire Tatum population after attacks, tracking seriously ill and TB patients, and distributing supplementary feeding to
severely malnourished children and pregnant and lactating women.
 
These programs were plagued by external and internal corruption. Frank and his multi-national team successfully established control and accountability at significant risk. Many died.
 
Thailand woman with baby
Among other activities, Frank supervised the operation of a Border referral
Refugee in Thai border camp
hospital at Kab Cherng, a 300 bed hospital just inside the Thai border, and oversaw operation of a 500 bed hospital
inside Cambodia with medical staff prioritizing the training of Khmer medics. There were no local doctors or nurses, as Pol Pot had excecuted most educated Khmer (Cambodians).
 
Frank also served a diplomatic role, negotiating access to the site with multiple Thai and Khmer militaries.
Frank Anderson with baby in Thai refugee camp
This photo of Frank was taken a few day after the battle of Tatum when he was reunited with one of the many children who he had evacuated from the city.
 
It was during his time in Thailand that Frank met and married Marty and John's mother. It was shortly after Marty's birth that the family moved to the USA and find the peace of Surin Farms. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Former Yugoslavia 1993

 
While on leave from his "day job" as Executive Director of Bear Creek Services (Rochester, MN) Frank was assigned to the former Yugoslavia as the ARC Country Director, specifically to improve relations with the host governments and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees. He worked with other experienced war-relief experts to make project recommendations for Sarajevo, Osiak, and Vucovar while living in Sarajevo, which was under siege by the Serb army. Sarejevo Cellist 1992
As an example - With winter approaching and all wood in the city burned the previous winter, they successfully established an alternative supply and route for small individual heaters into Sarajevo, without relying on the UN C 130 flights. The extremely creative and unusual supply source is still not officially acknowledged, but undoubtedly averted the catastrophe of the pending winter with no heat in the city at all.
    

Afghanistan 2002

Closely following the U.S. intervention in Afghanistan, Frank was recruited to be the Central Asia Regional Coordinator for ARC.

While there he established agency presence in Pakistan and Afghanistan to assess and implement medical programs for returning refugees and established relationships with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, the Ministries of Pakistan, and the interim government in Afghanistan. Frank worked primarily in the Peshawar, Pakistan through Jalalabad, Afghanistan region, known as the “Tribal Areas” not under control by governmental units.

Travel was high risk by vehicle through the Khyber Pass and the border crossing at Torkham. Frank worked for over three months as the only expatriate allowed to use the route, successfully opening the route for future agencies and programs to be developed, enabling access to the largest TB population in the world.

Today, Khyber the Dog keeps guard over Surin Farms and monitors all vehicles coming or going from the premises.

 
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