The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) has a long and successful history of working with immigrant and minority farmers. NCAT has held over 60 workshops in California reaching over 1,200 Latino, Hmong, Mien, Lao, Native American, and African immigrant farmers since opening a CA office in 2001. NCAT agricultural specialists, with bilingual capacity in both Spanish and Thai/Lao, have developed innovative, graphic-heavy information pieces for these audiences, which provide accessible information to populations of beginning immigrant and minority farmers around the country.
Some that would be particularly relevant to this proposed project include, for example, Start a Farm in the City, Finding Land to Farm, New Markets for Your Crops, Illustrated Guide to Growing Safe Produce on Your Farm, Organic IPM Field Guide, and The Organic Chronicles. In addition, NCAT has developed a set of Spanish language narrated powerpoints. The ATTRA website has information in English, Spanish and Hmong with hundreds of thousands of unique visitors in 2013. NCAT’s Spanish language ATTRA website had over 350,000 unique visitors last year, and is considered one of the premier sources of sustainable agriculture information in Spanish in the world.