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Programs and Resources for Hmong Farmers

Programs and Curriculum for Hmong Farmers From Around the Country

Bibliography of Hmong Resources

The majority of the information in this resource list was taken from “Immigrant and Refugee Farming Programs and Resources” by Marla Rhodes and Hugh Joseph, available at the link above as well as from the websites of the various organizations listed below.

Programs and Curriculum

California FarmLink
Steve Schwartz, PO Box 2224, Sebastopol, CA 95473
707-829-1691, info@californiafarmlink.org
FarmLink is a non-profit organization working to promote family farming and conserve farmland in California where aspiring farmers can receive many services. They have partnered with several Hmong community organizations to offer to immigrant and refugee farmers the IDA - Individual Development Account.

Growing Power and Rainbow Cooperative
Will Allen, 414-527-1546, will@growingpower.org
Growing Power is the last remaining registered farm in the city of Milwaukee and is also a non-profit organization that teaches techniques in sustainable agriculture and provides hands-on training. Growing Power makes fresh local produce accessible to food-insecure communities. The Rainbow Farmer’s Cooperative was founded in 1994 under the umbrella of Growing Power and is a marketing co-op that allows farmers to sell their fresh produce and farm products at a fair and equitable price.

New Entry Sustainable Farming Program, Tufts University
Hugh Joseph, 617-636-3788, hughjoseph@comcast.net
This non-profit program assists immigrants with agricultural experience to apply their skills in their new environment and become commercial farmers. Currently the project supports 50 farmers of Southeast Asian farmers through a year-round agricultural training program.

New Immigrant Agricultural Project/Organic Conversion Project, Minnesota Food Association
Chris Morton 612-788-4342 cbmcbm@aol.com
This is a training/mentoring program to support conventional and new immigrant farmers in converting from conventional or traditional farming methods to sustainable and organic production practices. The program includes a combination of educational workshops, establishment of training gardens for new immigrant participants, individual on-farm mentoring, development of a farmer network for information exchange between converting and experienced organic producers, and farm and experiment station field days.

New Immigrant Farm Program, University of Minnesota Extension
Vang Yang 651-423-2413, yangx182@umn.edu
This program provides training and assistance to help immigrants who currently rent or lease land in the Twin Cities area, increase their productivity. The program offers culturally appropriate materials in English, Hmong and Spanish on many topics including integrated pest management, post-harvest handling, and marketing and soil fertility management. In addition to offering an educational component, the NIFP helps new immigrants navigate the real estate buying process and will act as an intermediary between land sellers and real estate agents and buyers.

Brown County Connecting For Success—Hmong Food Systems Project
Karen Early, 1150 Bellevue St, Green Bay WI 54302
920-391-4610, Karen.early@ces.uwex.edu
This program coordinates a community garden program that 200 gardeners take part in and of those, 80% are Hmong. In addition, a Hmong Farmers Coop has been formed with several family groups that are pursuing funding. There is also a continuing effort to connect local landowners and Hmong families without land with opportunities to rent, lease or purchase of land for start-up farming operations.

Small Farm Program, University of California
1720 S. Maple Ave, Fresno, CA 93702
Richard Molinar, 559-456-7555, rhmolinar@ucdavis.edu
Michael Yang, 559-456-7189, myang@ucdavis.edu
This program works with the diverse immigrant and refugee farming community in Fresno. Offerings include technical assistance, help finding land, farm planning classes, and training meetings presented in various languages. They have available a Training Resource Guide in Hmong and English and they also produce biweekly Hmong radio broadcasts.

Small Farm Resource Training Center, Hmong American Community
Chukou Thao 559-285-4930, ct_hac@yahoo.com
This center helps multi-ethnic farmers-in-training rent small portions of land at the market rate of $275 per acre per year to grow crops with intensive field guidance and classroom training. Any profit goes into the new farmers' pockets. The farmers enrolled in the program are also invited to a series of field and classroom training sessions the center over the course of the growing season. The coursework will cover such topics as pesticide safety, financing, crop selection, soil fertility, pest management, irrigation and marketing.

University of Massachusetts-Amherst Extension
Ruth Hazzard 413-545-3696, rhazzard@umext.umass.edu and
Frank Mangan 413-545-1178, fmangan@umext.umass.edu
This program works with new entry Latino, Cambodian, Hmong and Portuguese farmers and has produced a variety of fact sheets on pest management of vegetable insect pests, in various languages, among other resources.

Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources
Hmong Kou Xiong, 1300 W. Clairemont Ave, PO Box 4001, Eau Claire, WI 54702
715-839-1638, Xiong.kou@dnr.state.wi.us
Kou Xiong works on his own time with 150 Hmong families who garden up to five acres apiece, and sell at farmers markets. Future goals include supporting families who want to double their acreage, purchase some community equipment (such as a hand tiller), and to find new markets for excess produce.

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