Emerging Farmer Training Project for New and Beginning Hispanic Farmers
The USDA Risk Management Agency and Adelante Mujeres, Friends of Zenger Farm and Multnomah County (Oregon) collaborated on the delivery of the Beginning Urban Farmer Apprenticeship and Emerging Farmer Training Project programs. Group and one-on-one technical assistance from project partners provided culturally appropriate access to risk management tools related to production, marketing and finance among immigrant and emerging farmers. The project built-upon the existing food sector and farm partnerships in the upper Willamette Valley and Portland metropolitan area, a region that encompasses both urban and rural areas. The project successfully addressed the needs of new, beginning, women and Hispanic small acreage and specialty crop producers through: marketing via Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and cooperative marketing; record keeping; safety in harvesting, packing and storing fresh produce; market analysis and consumer behavior to ensure successful delivery and access to food; and good farming practices. The partnership has seen a significant success towards enhancing farming practices and marketing skills for all participating producers. RMA substantial involvement included crop insurance information, RMA’s Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) Analysis tool (Ejercicio de Análisis SWOT) and availability of FSA Non-Insured Assistance Program. The cooperative agreement is part of RMA 2012 RME partnership program.