We held two sucessful Annies Project sessions for members of the Hispanic Farm Community in southwest Michigan. These programs combined technical training in the area of financial risk management with some production risk topics, and allowed opportunities for peer to peer mentoring and for participants to network with community resources that served as presenters at the sessions.
Hispanic farm ownership has continued to increase in southwest Michigan. Almost all of our participants raised blueberries as their primary crop, with some raising vegetable or other fruit crops as side enterprises on their family´s operations. The majority of the participants reported that they played significant roles in their families operations, contibuting to management decisions as well as other activities to help make their enterprises sucessful.
The funding received for this project supported expenses to implement these Annie´s Project classes for hispanic farm women. The programs helped to establish trust between the participants and the partners involved in the program. Partnerships for these meetings came in the form of financial sponsorship and presentations. Inital evaluations indicate that the programs were well received. Promotion via personal communication from project coordinators that were from the community really played an important role in getting participants interested in the sessions. Translation was also key in the sucess of these programs because only a small portion of the class was fluent in english.
Number of Participants: 32
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REPORTS & EVALUATIONS
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