FARM LOCATION: HOLLISTER, CA
Maria Catalán has been an organic farmer for almost two decades. The 3rd generation in her family to carry on the farming tradition, her deep agricultural roots are based in Guerrero, Mexico. Her grandfather and father first came to the U.S. in the 60s as Bracero contract laborers, and Maria herself would follow their footsteps in the 1980s to work on California farms picking broccoli, peppers, and carrots.
With generations of farming experience under her belt, Maria went on to become the 1st recognized female farm laborer to become a farm owner in the U.S.. Maria enjoys organic agriculture because it is healthy, sustainable, and allows you to see the fruits of your labor. Maria feels that by farming organically she can share with others not only a product but a farm experience, something that is impossible to share through conventional agriculture.