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‘Few know the blood we shed,’ say Hmong farmers

Posted by | April 14, 2015
Cheu Chang, right, at the Indochinese Farm Project in Woodinville in the mid-80s. Photo by Sharon Coleman/WSU.
Cheu Chang, right, at the Indochinese Farm Project in Woodinville in the mid-80s. Photo by Sharon Coleman/WSU.

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.

Read the full story published by KUOW.