Multicultural Farmers (English)
What is MIFFS doing for Multicultural Farmers?
One of MIFFS’ longest and most successful projects is the Multicultural Farmers Program funded by USDA‘s Office of Outreach. The program is being implemented primarily in southeast and southwest Michigan aimed at assisting historically underserved and limited resource farmers, especially African-American and Hispanic/Latino farmers.
Some programs and workshops include Integrated Pest Management (IPM) trainings, computer and web training programs, blueberry production workshops and farm visits, business management and loan workshops, hoophouse training workshops and food safety workshops.
Morse Brown (program manager), Barbara Norman (program assistant), and Filiberto Villa Gomez (Spanish-speaking assistant) are fostering relationships and developing networks among farmers and their communities. Various sources of assistance include: Farm Service Agency, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Michigan State University Extension, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and others.