Education About Sustainable Pest Management with Hmong Farmers

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2001: $5,100.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2001
Region: Northeast
State: Massachusetts
Project Leader:
Maria Moreira
Manny's Dairy Farm


  • Vegetables: beans, broccoli, cucurbits, eggplant, greens (leafy), onions, peas (culinary), peppers, sweet corn
  • Additional Plants: herbs


  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, farmer to farmer, mentoring, on-farm/ranch research, participatory research
  • Pest Management: chemical control, cultural control, field monitoring/scouting, flame, integrated pest management, physical control, row covers (for pests), smother crops
  • Sustainable Communities: urban/rural integration

    Proposal summary:

    As farmers in the Northeast become more culturally diverse, certain barriers to their becoming mainstream farmers emerge. In this case, the handling and use of pesticides is at issue; the farmer, who rents land to the Hmong, will educate these growers about appropriate and reduced use by exploring with them their traditional techniques, identifying their concepts, and using what these farmers already know to convey information about sustainable pest control. A demonstration plot and workshops will be developed.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.