University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
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University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources

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UCCE Ag Leadership Tour links small organic grower to statewide distribution

Boua Vue is a small-scale farmer who came to the United States in 1990. Boua, like many other Hmong farmers, started out struggling to adapt to a new language and culture, and had a hard time breaking into some of the more lucrative markets: retail, organic, and community-supported agriculture (CSA). A UCCE advisor recognized the commercial potential of Boua’s produce and his desire to break into larger markets, and made Boua’s farm one of the stops on a California Ag Leadership tour. One of the people on the tour happened to the owner of one of the state’s largest organic CSA produce subscription organizations, and soon was very interested in making Boua a new supplier. UCCE helped by matching Boua with a mentor and helping him get his organic certification. Boua is now a successful supplier of lemongrass, you hoy, sinqua, and bok choy for Abundant Harvest Organics.

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