The changing face of California agriculture

Jennifer Sowerwine’s work at UC Berkeley, centers on bringing largely unrepresented voices to the table for discussions around food security and food systems change. Much of her time is spent working with Hmong and Mien farmers in California’s Central Valley.

Many of these farmers, or their families, came to California from Southeast Asia, usually Laos, mainly as political refugees in the ’70s and ’80s. Sowerwine looks at how they got into small-scale farming, how they find and keep land, how they make farming economically viable, and how they’re adapting and changing their practices to meet new challenges. In looking at these things — along with labor and crop diversity — she’s found that these farmers have had little access to government resources.

Rather, they’ve relied on traditional ways of trading labor (you help me with my crop and I’ll help you with yours) and information while producing an incredible diversity of foods (you will see 20 crops in a single acre at many of these farms).

An important part of Sowerwine’s work is bringing these small-scale farmers’ food to supermarkets, school lunch programs, and so on.

whenever i go to sanctuary i always have to ring the bell or search all over the damn place for my companions…except maccready. i always know where to find that nerd. he’s always out back behind the house on his hands and knees diggin’ in the dirt and taking care of this one tato plant…it’s his favourite lil tato plant and he is always there taking such good care of it and i’m really proud of his commitment 

Wiki article which mentions us.

This wiki article here mentioned us which is really cool. Thanks to whoever I put us in there. I know we’re behind on non-binary NPCs but we’re hoping to fix that with more character designs later. It mentions that we have very little media attention, which I much rather prefer at the stage we are. I’m the type of person who doesn’t like too much attention until I’ve already accomplished the thing I’ve set out to do. So, we’re walking the walk instead of talking the talk. I’m hoping more than anything that we’re not the only ones who incorporate wider gender representation in the media and others will consider and follow suit. Thanks we hope we continue to relevant in the coming years. And of course we couldn’t have had a shot at making this game without the supporters from Kickstarter so we humbly thank you for giving us this opportunity to make this impact.

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nobody understands how much i love corellia okay like shit. Corellia is my favorite planet out of all the fucking planets in star wars. FRICK i remember doing all my research like a nerd and looking up the enclaves, the green jedi, the trades, farmin’ and the factories and how corellians were one of the first in mastering the jump to hyperspace oK NOBODY UNderstands my fucking undying love for the people, the tradition and the mother fucking food they have there

the people are prone to being hostile unless you’re close friend or family ok so just think about han?? bringing luke there?? like they would probably be like hell no to luke?? but bc they are TRADITIONAL people. his family probably still speaks the old corellian dialect and wow just wow

think about han bringing him to his 14 sisters or some shit on corellia and they warm up to him after a while after livin on the Solo estate w them. And they all oogle and coo over him and play w his hair and shit and they fucking accept him as one of the family and luke is nearly in tears because he never really had the feeling of being so welcome and he also doesnt really have family anymore other than leia and they pretty much DEMAND han and luke marry to marry and birth young so they can carry on the ‘solo’ name haha wow it wouldnt even matter if they did it via lab or surrogate its all tradition to them as long as they pass their name properly

can we talk about how corellians love cake too

they motherfucking love their cake

we all know they love their alcohol and are master brewers already but great food comes from there too like cORELLIAN FRIED ICE CREAM




Farmin’ in The Hood 2 have built a now flourishing farm and community garden in the heart of the blighted inner city in Kansas City, Missouri. They’ve helped a lot of struggling people out and are now aiming even higher. Check out the video for details and a good dose of inspiration. They’re doing great works.

help… people are typing more in chat then actually playing the game

then when i say something important in chat they’re focused on farmin