Hmong Rice Farms August 23, 2010 Photos by Debbie Roos, Agricultural Extension Agent. Jason and Haruka Oatis are in their second year of rice production at Edible Earthscapes in Moncure, NC. They are doing a great job and of course, as with any new crop, on a sharp learning curve. Thinking they could benefit from visiting some experienced rice farmers, I arranged a visit to Hickory, NC in Catawba County to tour some Hmong rice farms (recently featured in a News & Observer article). Thanks to my Extension colleague Lara Worden and Pahoua Xiong with the Hmong Refugee Agricultural Partnership Program (HRAPP) for acting as our guides (and to Pahoua for translating!). We visited three farms: the HRAPP demonstration farm where upland rice is grown, plus two other Hmong farms that featured flooded rice and Asian vegetables. It was an amazing day. Our Hmong hosts were so gracious and generous in sharing their experience. We were very impressed with what we saw. Pahoua is planning on bringing some of the farmers to tour Edible Earthscapes next month, and we are already looking forward to it! I hope you enjoy the photos.
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