Iowa farms are facing a major shift in ownership and management as Iowa’s farmer population is aging. Consecutively, Iowa is realizing a surge in our Latino population and our members have expressed interest in diversifying our network.
With Monserrat's help, we plan to identify Latino individuals and communities interested in agriculture, and bring them into our programming to help them build farm businesses.
Born and raised in Los Angeles,
Monserrat received what she describes as her “post-secondary education” at the Labor Community Strategy Center, a Los Angeles-based think tank and “act tank” that works to build regional, national and international movements.
As the population of Latinos in Iowa continues to grow, Monserrat is curious to explore ways this community can integrate into Iowa’s agricultural industry beyond labor, and expand entrepreneurial ventures that also cultivate, nurture and protect cultural customs.