Meet Elda Garcia & Get Involved with the Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

The Future Organic Farmer Grant winners were judged to have the strongest combination of commitment to leading a lifelong career in organic agriculture, investment and participation in the organic community, and dedication to growing the organic movement. Each grant recipient will receive $2,500 to apply toward their studies in organic agriculture. 

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Elda Garcia
Elda Garcia was born in Guadalajara, Mexico but grew up in Puerto Vallarta. She has fond memories of working on her grandmother’s watermelon farm over the summers during her youth. At age 20, Garcia immigrated to the United States. Like many newly arrived immigrants in California, she found work in agriculture. The first crops that she worked with were peas and lettuce. 
Always wanting to learn more, Garcia obtained her associate degree from Hartnell Community College, then a bachelor’s degree in world languages and cultures from California State University, Monterey Bay. Later she obtained an master’s degree in Spanish from San Jose State University. 
Garcia is happiest working in agriculture and has spent the last seven years working with raspberries and strawberries. In the last couple of years, Garcia decided that she wants to start her own farm. This idea led her to the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association (ALBA) and she also began to take agriculture classes at Hartnell College. Garcia is very dedicated to the idea of running her own family farm (her son is also in the ALBA training course) while also furthering her studies in agriculture, as well as applying her kitchen skills to cooking up the wonderful produce that she grows. In 2019, Garcia will launch her farm in ALBA’s Organic Farm Incubator.
Congratulations Elda!
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