Stillwater Farmer Looks to Empower Communities
STILLWATER -- A Stillwater farmer hopes to change the face of farming by providing organic produce for low-income Latinos.
Mexico-born Eduardo Rivera, who rents land for his 3 1/2-acre farm called Sin Fronteras ("without borders"), began his business in 2014.
About 60 percent of the farm's business is wholesale, while the rest is sold through a community-supported agriculture program and at farmers markets.
The 2012 U.S. Department of Agriculture census showed that Latinos make up 50 percent of agricultural workers in the U.S., but only operate or own 3 percent of farms.
Rivera wants to empower people of color and low-income Latinos. He also hopes to own a farm in 2018.