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Supporting Hmong growers during the pandemic

 

The closure of farmer’s markets around Madison this spring left some Hmong growers at a disadvantage. As farmer’s markets moved to on-line ordering, growers not proficient in technology or whose primary language isn't English, were left behind.

Groundswell is helping by sponsoring an east-side market where Hmong growers are selling produce directly to residents of Linden Cohousing and the local neighborhood. You can read more about it in this story that appeared in the Wisconsin State Journal on Sunday, May 31, 2020.

Located in the parking lot of Linden Cohousing on the 2000 block of Winnebago Street, the market started last Thursday, May 28th, and will run the next two Thursdays, June 4th and 11th, from 3:00 - 6:00 pm. There is plenty of parking in the back parking lot.

This project came about thanks to a partnership that formed after Groundswell purchased a small farm in Waunakee adjacent to our Westport Prairie preserve. A retiring farmer challenged me to provide long-term security for some of the Hmong market and subsistence growers that had been farming her land for 20 years. Many of you were generous with your support for the farm. In our second year of operation, we are now installing a well that will provide a reliable water source for the growers.

If you have questions about this pilot market or our work to provide equitable access to land, please don't hesitate to contact Jim Welsh.

****** FALL UPDATE! THE MARKET HAS FINISHED FOR THE SEASON. ******

Due to an early frost, the farmer's market is now done for the year. We had originally planned to continue the market through Thursday, October 15th, but that will not be possible. THANK YOU to everyone who went to the market and supported the growers. We are working on plans for next year. Stay tuned for more details in the future. 

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