Eduardo started farming with his infant daughter on his back on a quarter acre of rented ground near Stillwater. The farm has grown to three acres of production, still on rented ground. We discuss Eduardo’s rigorous business planning process and the progress he has made towards his goals as he has financed his farm’s growth and development. Eduardo shares the challenges of piecing together infrastructure like greenhouses and cold storage in multiple locations due to Sin Frontera’s land tenure situation.
We also dig into the challenges and opportunities that Eduardo has found in marketing his produce, especially with regard to making it available through Latino markets in the Twin Cities. And Eduardo provides lots of great details about his cilantro and pepper production, his irrigation system, paying employees, and more.
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Quotes from the Show
We wanted to buy land and there's no other way that I could figure out, the jobs that I could get are not going to get me a mortgage on a farm. The only to see that dream reachable was to start a business out of farming and hopefully do it well and be successful and try to buy some land.
I take enough time to do a really good bunch to where people don't mind paying what we charge.
I think we as humans are more vulnerable and weaker than plants are.
Eduardo worked for Dream of Wild Health, a Minnesota non-profit helping American Indian people reclaim their physical, spiritual, and mental health.
We talked about grants Sin Fronteras has received from the Lakewinds Organic Field Fund and Rick Bayless’ Frontera Farmer Foundation.
Eduardo was featured in a video on the New York Times website in spring of 2016.
We talked about The Good Acre food hub in the Twin Cities.
Eduardo relied on John Jeavons’ book, How to Grow More Vegetables, when he was starting out.