Here's Sarita's engaging and educational response to my question "What is a farmer?" She describes the many hats that modern farmers wear every day.
Everybody gave me such a big welcome and I drove away feeling blessed and intoxicated on inspiration about where this whole idea could lead.
Check out Viva Farms blog because it's a wealth of information.
I don't want to mess with an already fine wheel so here's an existing quote describing the mission of Viva Farms in a nutshell:
"Viva Farms is a project of www.growfood.org, an international non-profit dedicated to recruiting, training and financing the next generation of sustainable farmers. The Viva Farms Incubator Program strengthens new and immigrant farmers by helping them overcome four common barriers to farm entry: 1) access to education, training and technical assistance; 2) access to capital and credit; 3) access to land; and 4) access to markets. Viva Farms offers bilingual Cultivating Success sustainable farming and agricultural business planning courses in partnership with WSU Skagit Extension and WSU's Latino Farming Program."
"Viva Farms is 2/3 of the way through the 3 year transition period for WSDA Organic certification. We employ cultural, biological, and mechanical practices that conserve resources, promote ecological balance, and promote biodiversity. We do not apply any pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or artificial fertilizers. In 2012, we will submit all of our farm records to the WSDA for Organic certification."
HOW WE CAN SUPPORT VIVA FARMS
We can support Viva Farms by making tax deductible donations on their Donate page.
If you live in the area you can subscribe to receive a CSA food box.
If you don't live in the area but know someone who does why not give them the gift of a CSA food box? How cool would that be?!
Volunteer, arrange to go yourself or bring a friend or group.