Maria Inéz Catalán can be credited with countless accomplishments, not the least of which is being one of the first Latina migrant farm laborers to eventually own her own farm. Maria was introduced to agriculture at an early age. Raised in Guerero, Mexico, both her parents and grandparents worked as farm laborers and grew food for her family in home gardens. After immigrating to California and working as a farm laborer, Maria completed a training program at the Rural Development Center in Salinas (now known as ALBA). This program empowered Maria with the business skills and practical knowledge about organic practices to found her own organic farm.
Maria strives to make both good food and agricultural knowledge accessible to all. Once a week, she sets up a stand at the WIC office in Salinas, where she makes her produce available to pregnant and nursing mothers. She also sets up produce stands at schools in her community, and hosts student groups on her farm. One of Maria’s primary passions is inspiring young people to farm. As she says, “Organic Agriculture: It doesn’t make a lot of money, but it is full of rewards. I would like to leave my grandchildren an inheritance of knowing how to love the land, care for the environment, and grow healthy food for future generations.”
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Hollister, CA 95023
www.CatalanFamilyFarm.comHollister, San Benito County, CA 120 miles Clay and Sand Well and Municipal Water Maria Inéz Catalán owns and manages Catalán Family Farm. She works year-round alongside her family members, Maria, Julio, Alex, Juan, and Ana Catalán. During peak season, there are 10 total people working on the farm, including 8 family members and 2 employees. Certified Organic by CCOF since 1994 Pelletized chicken manure, cover crops. Hand and mechanical cultivation. Catalán Family Farm uses crop rotations to minimize pressure from pests from year-to-year. They also maintain on-farm habitat for beneficial insects. 51 acres