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New Crop of Farmers :: Christy Mua

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Lee's Fresh Produce, Redmond, WA

Christy is a second generation Hmong-American who grew up farming in California. She and her husband now manage 20 acres where they grow “just about every vegetable.” Christy is also the mother of Adam Lee, born last June.

“My parents have been farmers ever since I can remember. They came to the United States, went straight to high school as ESL students, got married, and started a family. With limited resources and money, they reverted to making money the same way they did in Laos, as farmers.

“I remember as a little girl being out in the fields, weeding and plowing the best I knew how no matter what the weather. As much as I hated the calluses from carrying the buckets of tomatoes and the thorns from the cucumber vines, I am proud to say that it has truly made me the resilient young woman I am today, inside and out.

“When I met my husband, it was bittersweet to find out that his parents were also farmers. Having been around farming most of our lives, it was literally in our blood, but we also share a love for fresh and healthy food. Yet we had difficulty finding good quality produce in the grocery store and became increasingly interested in the subject of food and the politics of its production. We decided that we wanted to do more than just buy organic: we wanted to provide the best foods possible in a sustainable way that would make a positive impact on both people and our planet. With little hesitation, we took on the responsibility of learning every aspect of the business and after three years have never looked back.”


Anna Stern and Kim NochiAnna Stern and Kim Nochi interviewed the young farmers in this series for Food for Everyone, the spring 2009 issue of YES! Magazine. Anna and Kim are editorial interns at YES!

 

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