Started in 2003, NHAF is a non-profit 501c3 organization whose mission is to preserve Hmong-American farm culture by promoting economic self-sufficiency for Hmong-American and other immigrant and ethnically underrepresented farmers. We provide services to independent farmers throughout the country, with special focus on California’s Central Valley farmers, who may have limited access to government programs. We believe that the success of small farmers is a benefit to us all. NHAF encourages maintaining a healthy planet through culturally and environmentally friendly farming.
Fresno County produces many of the specialty crop fruits and vegetables consumed in the U.S. but it is also one of the poorest areas of the country. There are high rates of malnutrition, obesity and diabetes with many of the socially disadvantaged residents having little access to the fresh fruit and vegetables themselves. Even though Fresno Unified School District had recently spent $25 million building a central kitchen for the schools so that children may eat healthier, no connection between local growers and children’s’ plates had been established during the time. This project was designed to improve the health of communities through promotion of healthy eating habits by: 1) supplied school meal programs with locally grown fresh specialty crops 2) developed school farm stands to offer healthy choices at prices below market value while educating students and teachers, and 3) established mobile vending to visit disadvantaged communities to sell specialty crops. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE FINAL REPORT
Message from Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture
Photo Album: Congressman Jim Costa