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April News in Rural California

April contributors to the Rural California Report focused on both barriers and hope for the future.  

Beginning with an analysis of the Agriculture and Land-based Training Association (ALBA) Gary Peterson discussed the evaluation process for their programs in his submission, "First Do Good Work.  Then Define Good. And Then Tell the World All About It."

Following Gary's submission was the most recent update from Philip Martin, "Production and Poverty Paradox" revealing recent data on California agricultural communities. 

We posted a brief introduction and slide show from Bonnie Powell at Bon Apetit Management Company.  This posting was all about the recent farm worker inventory report. 

Barriers Faced by Young Beginning Farmers was highlighted in a submission from Lindsey Lusher Shute. This report showed lack of capital to be the major challenge facing young, beginning farmers.

And to close out the month with hope, Edie Jessup from the Central California Regional Obesity Prevention Program wrote an article about changes in the Central Valley, entitled "The Central Valley: Rising Like a Phoenix?"

We have some great contributions for May as well.  If you would like to send us an idea or a posting please do so at

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