BFRDP Projects

Fincas De Familia: Bridging Generations and Programs to Develop Successful Beginning Farmers In South Texas Colonias
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $726,231
Grant Program: 2021 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Juan Raygoza
Organization: UTRGV


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Project Overview

The long-term goal of this proposed project was to develop beginning farmers and ranchers in South Texas “colonias” by using sustainable and agro-ecological farming practices that enhanced the local food system, improved the health and wellbeing of community residents, and created prosperity.

The word “colonia” in Spanish means a community or neighborhood. But state and federal agencies define a colonia as a residential area along the Texas-Mexico border that may lack some of the most basic living necessities such as potable water, septic or sewer systems, electricity, paved roads, or safe and sanitary housing (Las Colonias, 2015). This project will target these mostly rural and peri-urban colonias to develop beginning farmers that will use sustainable and agro-ecological farming practices, coupled with social media and other direct-marketing venues, to enhance local food systems, improve health and wellbeing, and create prosperity.

Number of Participants: 466


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