“Growing Together” Latino Farmer Conference an Annual Success

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PALM DESERT, Calif., Nov. 7, 2017 — The third annual Growing Together Latino Farmer Conference is being held today, in Palm Desert, Calif. The annual conference is unique in that it is conducted in Spanish and translated into English, as needed for all attendees.

“I am happy to know that the USDA has taken the initiative to create a conference for Spanish speaking farmers and I hope it will continue to grow,” said Enrique Bautista, a farmer and the conference keynote speaker.

Hosted by the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the conference is open to all farmers and ranchers, yet is uniquely tailored towards Spanish-speaking growers. Conducting the conference in Spanish will provide an enriched learning experience.

“Hispanic farmers and ranchers are a dynamic growing demographic in California and this conference aims to help Spanish-speaking farmers share, learn and grow in their native language,” said Curtis Tarver, NRCS acting state conservationist.

The conference will take place from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. today at the UC Riverside Palm Desert Center, located at 75080 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA. Attendees had to register in advance, as space was limited.

Three different workshops are following the opening keynote address by Bautista. The Bautista family of Mecca, Calif., grows organic dates and sells them in their store, at local farmers markets and online. The courses are held in two 90-minute blocks. This allows each attendee to choose two different subjects of interest throughout the day. The workshop topics cover: Access to Capital and USDA Resources; Soil Health; Efficient Use of Water; Food Safety Requirements; Regulations for Farmworker Health and Safety; and Marketing. The conference will conclude today with a farmer panel representing a diverse cross section of California agriculture.

In-person or over-the-phone interviews with organizers and attendees are still available today by calling Jonathan Groveman at (703) 980-1464.

NCAT, a nonprofit, has been promoting sustainable living for over 35 years. In recent years, their agriculture work has focused on small-scale intensive farming, urban farming, and local foods, and assistance to small farmers and beginning farmers and ranchers.

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SOURCE USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service

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Brad Bennett

Brad Bennett

Brad grew up in a small town in northern Iowa. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children.
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