NHAF NEWS-March 2015

6th Annual Small Farm Resource Conference

confereenceNational Hmong American Farmers (NHAF) is gearing up for its 6th annual Small Farm Resource Conference on April 30, 2015 in Fresno, CA, at the Ramada University Hotel.

Farmers and ranchers from Laos and Korea have been invited to attend and are expected to talk about their own farming experiences, including struggles, farming and marketing experiences and opportunities available to them.

Conference organizations hope that farmers from both countries can learn and benefit from each other through sharing personal experiences.

This year’s theme “Making a Global Connection” is important as farming issues continue to broaden for small, minority farmers.

NHAF also partnered with Lideres Campesinasm, an organization that

represents and educates on the rights of farm working women. Latin-American farmers, and beginning farmers are expected to be a large group of participants at the conference.

Keynote speaker, Ken Johnson, USDA, Director, Civil Rights Diversity and Inclusion (OCDRI), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service at the U. S. Department of Agriculture will address conference participants during the lunch hour. Mr. Johnson has held many positions during his 40 years of federal service, including marketing specialist, administrative officer, budget analyst, branch chief, special programs consultant and division director.

Other confirmed speakers include: Lorette Picciano, Executive Director, of Rural Coalition, and Armando Nieto, Executive Director, of Community Food

Justice Coalition. Both speakers will address national and state farm policies and issues.

Adding to the list of speakers and workshop presenters are agency representatives from USDA, EEOC, Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, and the EPA.

The conference is free for farmers; there is a $50 registration fee for non-farmers.

For more information, you can reach NHAF staff, Jon Thao at 559.313.3964.

Click here to register


NHAF-NEWS-March-2015-2Food Safety: How to Keep Your Family Safe

One out of six people will get sick from food poisoning.1 Food poisoning is an illness caused by eating bacteria or other toxins. Distress and other life threatening situations can occur from food poisoning.

There are steps you can take to protect yourself from food poisoning.

Step One: Wash

Wash your hands, the surface that you cook on and fruits and vegetables.

Washing frequently helps to stop the spread of bacteria.

Step Two: Separate Foods

Even with washing, foods like raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs can still spread bacteria to other ready-to-eat food.

To protect yourself, use separate cutting boards for meat and vegetables. Separate meat, poultry, seafood and eggs in grocery bags and in the refrigerator.

Step Three: Cook

Fully cooked food helps to kill food bacteria. Keeping your food hot after you cook it decreases the possibility of bacteria growth in food.

Microwave your food at 165o F or higher.

Step Four: Refrigerate

Refrigerate cooked and ready-to-eat food right away—within two hours and in the summer when the temperature is 90o F or higher cut that time to one hour.

The cold temperature helps to stop the growth of bacteria.


UCLA Students Visit NHAF

ucla1 In February, approximately 40 students in the Southeast Asian Campus Learning and Retention Project (also known as SEA CLEAR) at UCLA visited NHAF. SEA CLEAR is a project that started in 1998 by the Vietnamese Student Union to represent and assist Southeast students on campus about the Southeast Asian community.

Students spent half the day learning about NHAF’s history and what it does as organization, and Hmong farmers. To end the day, the students were enlightened with a tour of May Vue’s farm known as “May Flowers” in Fresno. May, the owner, shared with the students her personal farming experience, struggles, farming tools, and the different harvest seasons for different crops.

A few studucla2ents even took the opportunity to practice their French with May after learning that she had previously lived in France.

Students were of Southeast Asian descent consisting of Vietnamese, Hmong, Thai, Lao, and Mien with no experience with farming. For many, this was their first visit to a farm.

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