Hispanic Orchardist IPM Education Program
In the spring of 2002 the Center for Agricultural Partnerships initiated a pilot project for “developing, implementing and assessing an educational program for use in supporting the adoption of reduced risk pest management practices by Hispanic tree fruit growers,” the fastest growing group of orchard owners in Washington state. This pilot project, which involved the collaborative development and delivery of a targeted education program, focused on the use of sound, reduced risk pest management information by 12 Hispanic tree fruit growers.
NOTE: The need for this project was first identified in the Pew/EPA/AFT/CAP Pear IPM project (1997-2000). EPA provided the seed funds to get this training off the ground through the AFT/EPA federal agreement and EPA Region 10 SAI small grants program.
Project goals and objectives
Use of sound and reduced risk pest management information by 12 Hispanic tree fruit growers in Washington
nce the initial group of twelve growers was recruited, word of the program spread rapidly within the Hispanic community so that by early summer thirty growers had asked to participate. To accommodate the additional growers, two groups were formed: one in the Wenatchee area and the other in the Tonasket area. The number of initial field sessions was expanded from the originally intended three sessions to seven sessions. By August, the total number of attendees at the field sessions increased to thirty-five growers representing 725 acres. Twenty-one growers attended the class from Wenatchee and 14 farmers attended the Tonasket class.