If you’ve bought one of those big flower bouquets at Seattle’s Pike Place Market, there’s a good chance a Hmong farmer sold it to you.
Bee Cha’s family has a flower stand at this bustling market. He points down the long row packed with tulips, dahlias and peonies.
“From here on, they’re all Hmong farmers,” he says. “Everybody knows everybody.”
Cha, 40, is a coordinator with Washington State University’s Small Farms program. He has worked with a lot of Hmong farmers on business and marketing skills.