Empowering Migrant Farmworkers to Become Independent Farmers
The Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) in Salinas, CA is empowering migrant farmworkers to become independent farmers through incubator farms. Meet Octavio Garcia, a 24-year old who was a strawberry picker before the incubator farm enabled him to become a farmer, managing his own land. This program by ALBA has enrolled 5,700 refugees and immigrants into its 5-year farm training program, heralding a solution to the problem of declining farmers, and the lack of a new generation to replace existing farmers in the United States.
The full article further explains this successful farm incubator program, including the impact it has on migrant families and process the farmers undergo for training.