Thimmakka's Resources to Help Sikh Farmers in California

May 22, 2003

Source: Grist

On May 22, 2003 Grist reported that "Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Risk Management Agency contacted us about the possibility of our conducting outreach to Sikh farmers in California's Yuba and Sutter counties. We followed up with a grant proposal and are now working with the USDA and Sikh farmers on lowering environmental and health risks... In retrospect, I can't thank the USDA enough for approaching us about assisting our farmers. Yuba and Sutter counties are largely agrarian, and Sikh farmers have been there for three generations, with tremendous success in orchard farming... Thimmakka's Resources is partnering with four interns at the University of California at Berkeley, one intern at UC-Davis, the USDA RMA, and several agricultural nonprofits to research what can be done with the Sikh farmers' produce regionally, nationally, and internationally. All literature and marketing workshops will be available equally in Punjabi and English."