Mendoza, Carmen T.; Dahlquist-Willard, Ruth M.
Southeast Asian farmers in Fresno County are a socially disadvantaged group, which grows more than 14,000 tons of specialty crops per year. They typically sell produce at farm stands, Asian grocery stores and farmers markets throughout California. While previously they were unable to participate in farm-to-school programs in local school districts, technical assistance from a non-profit and a university extension program succeeded in a pilot program for institutional procurement at the Fresno Unified School District. Three farmers became vendors after barriers were addressed. We highlight the process and the outcomes of collaboration and advocacy.