Peter and Cha Moua, their son, Chue Yee Moua, and 2 full-time workers, along with occasional help from several other family members and 3 seasonal workers.
13 acres in Fresno, about 180 miles from the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market.
The Moua family is originally from Laos; they immigrated to the United States from Thailand in 1987. The Mouas are part of a large community of Hmong people in the Fresno area, many of whom came to the United States to escape persecution from the Lao government (which came under communist rule in 1975) for helping the U.S. during the Vietnam War. The Mouas hand-pick and pack almost all of their produce the day before they come to market.
To enhance soil fertility, Chue’s Farm mulches, plants cover crops, and uses synthetic fertilizers.
To control pests, they rotate crops and spray weeds with an herbicide.
Chue’s Farm sells their produce exclusively at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and to The Slanted Door restaurant.
Swanton Berry Farm was the first strawberry farm (and the first organic farm) in the U.S. to sign a contract with the United Farm Workers of America/AFL-CIO. In 2006, the farm began offering an Employee Stock Ownership Plan to employees, the first such program in production in U.S. agriculture.
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »