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Fresh and Ready

From Ocala.com, Lora E. Ide, 12 Dec 2011. DUNNELLON, FL — On a blustery winter day, Pablo Garcia arrived early at his new produce stand and set out shiny green peppers, juicy tomatoes, cabbages, potatoes, apples, oranges and even pecans harvested as soon as they dropped from trees. Alice DePerna, who lives in Rainbow Springs, … Continue reading

Grow Your Farmer

From Daily.Sightline.org, Jennifer Langston, 30 Nov 2011. A new incubator mixes Latino farmworkers and foodie entrepreneurs. In the Northwest, small-scale farmers are the new rock stars. The New York Times writes about them glowingly. Filmmakers follow them around. Lots of people dream of becoming one—from unfulfilled tax accountants to newly minted public policy graduates to carpenters whose jobs … Continue reading

Aurelio Perez: From Farm Worker to Farm Owner

From FSA.Typepad.com, USDA Farm Service Agency, Jessica Davis, Idaho FSA Farm Loan Officer, 21 Nov 2011. Aurelio Perez came to Jerome, Idaho, in 1992 with a plan to work on a local dairy farm for one year. That year became a life-changing experience for Aurello. He decided to stay and continue working at the dairy … Continue reading

Farmer Cultivates his Hmong Roots in Fresno

From LATimes.com,  Diana Marcum, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov 2011. Pang Chang — who fled Laos and settled in southwest Fresno, where he grows fruit — is a determined farmer who knows how to take advice. His father’s: Grow trees for wealth. His friend’s: Heed the science. Reporting from Fresno CA— In a different country and … Continue reading

Chicago Eases Rules for Urban Farms

From SunTimes.com, Judy Keen, 24 Sept 2011. Chicago, IL — Tomatoes hang from vines, rows of lettuce and peppers are ready to harvest and the scent of compost fills the air. This farm isn’t in rural Illinois. Herbs growing at the edge of sidewalks, traffic noise and the looming skyline identify it as City Farm, … Continue reading

Fellsmere to Share in $300,000 from Kellogg Foundation to Spur Local Food Movement

From TCPalm.com, Ana Alvarez, 14 Apr 2011. FELLSMERE [FL] — The Fellsmere community farm, a program designed to increase availability of fresh foods and teach local farmworkers skills to operate a farm cooperative, recently received a financial boost, allowing the program to grow and eventually help at least 100 families. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation recently … Continue reading

Immokalee’s La Fiesta No. 3 a Hub for Food, Coffee and, Hopefully, Jobs

From NaplesNews.com, “Immokalee’s La Fiesta No. 3 a hub for food, coffee and, hopefully, jobs” by Katy Torralbas, 18 Mar 2011. The workers huddle inside hooded sweatshirts and over large plastic foam cups of hot coffee. It’s 5:30 a.m., and Immokalee is cold and dark. Street lights cast streams of light in the parking lot and … Continue reading

Eibeck Lays Out Latina Gains

From RecordNet.com, “Eibeck lays out Latina gains” by Jennie Rodriguez, Record Staff Writer, 18 Mar 2011. STOCKTON [CA] – University of the Pacific President Pamela Eibeck told the story of a Latina student who emigrated from Mexico with her husband when she was just a teenager. The woman’s husband was a farm worker, but she had … Continue reading

Hispanics Going from Field Hand to Farm Owner

From OrlandoSentinel.com by Eloísa Ruano González, 7 Feb 2001. PIERSON — Benito Baca and Tony Ramos worked in Pierson’s ferneries since they were 5. Children of Mexican immigrants, the boys worked after school, cutting foliage used in flower bouquets. If one fell behind cutting leaves, the other pitched in so they could make baseball practice, said … Continue reading

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