Aspiring Latino farmers in Nebraska now have the opportunity to attend Spanish-language workshops through CFRA’s Beginning Latino Farmer Program. Designed to improve the viability of Latino farmers in the state, these workshop sessions bring business management, leadership, and production skills to attendees.
Our first series of workshops was held in Lexington, NE, where 10 participants joined CFRA bilingual staff at the public library. Speakers from the Farm Service Agency, small business owners, farmers, and educators shared their expertise over the course of the 10-week class series. Each session was complete with a visual presentation and hard-copy curriculum for take-home use.
This summer, the group has already completed one day of farm tours, and will hold one more tour day on August 18. Beginners gained valuable knowledge during both classroom workshop sessions and farm tours. Not only are they learning the ins and outs of owning a small agricultural enterprise, but they are also becoming more aware of and connected to the support-systems and community resources that can ultimately create strong individual farmers as well a hearty farmer network in Nebraska.
Our June tour day took the group to the Highland Park Farmers’ Market in Hastings, where direct-marketing to the consumer was highlighted. Travelling next to North Star Neighbors near Fullerton, farmers discussed cooperative arrangements and poultry production. Our last stop at Garcia Farms near Wood River gave the group insight into a very diversified operation, from on-site value-adding to hog and vegetable production. We look forward to another inspiring day of farm tours in August.
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