Extension Webinar: Serving Farmers of Color

Asian American farmers

Event Date


The second webinar in
UC SAREP Racial Equity in Extension's webinar series:

Serving Farmers of Color

Friday, June 25, 2021 on Zoom

1:30-3:00 PM (PDT)

Description: Younger generations of Black, Latino, Asian, Pacific Islander, and Indigenous people are increasingly interested in farming. Despite a history of laws barring people of color from buying agricultural land, denial of loans and benefits to farmers of color, and systematic land dispossession, the number of farms owned and operated by people of color is on the rise, and they currently comprise over 8% of California’s producers. Supporting farmers of color in extension programs is an important step towards building racial equity in agriculture and sustaining future generations of farmers.

Objective: This session will provide an overview of what extension professionals should consider as they strive to meet the needs of diverse farm owners and operators. We will cover why meeting parity for farmers of color is necessary, introduce some of the history behind current disparities and the need for change, describe how to be intentional in building relationships with farmers of color and organizations that represent them, and discuss how to shift extension services to meet the needs of more diverse farmers.

Panelists include:

  • Victor Hernandez, Outreach Coordinator, Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • Chanowk Yisrael, Chief Seed Starter, Yisrael Family Farm
  • Kristyn Leach, Grower at Namu Farms and organizer of Second Generation Seeds


Questions? Contact UC ANR Program Support, Clin Xu, (530) 750-1361